Department of Family and Community Medicine

Family and Community Medicine Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Our Commitment

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Family and Community Medicine 2022 Pride Poster
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The Department of Family and Community Medicine is strongly committed to embracing diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives within our department and the BCM community. The Department’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is a group of diverse faculty and staff members dedicated to fostering an environment of mutual respect and promoting acceptance of all.

The Family and Community Medicine DEI Committee works toward the development and implementation of strategies that prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion within our department. We strive to provide a more inclusive workplace regardless of cultural differences, beliefs, background, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, abilities, and more.

Some of our current initiatives include:

  • Biannual DEI-themed faculty Grand Rounds
  • Dedicated DEI lecture series for FCM residents
  • Biannual DEI Champion Award given to one faculty member and one staff member
  • Interdepartmental Collaborations
  • Advancement of cultural awareness and promotion of celebrations across the diversity spectrum

Our Care

Our department's clinical faculty consists of over 150 individuals from all walks of life who are dedicated to treating Houston's multicultural patient populations. We offer primary care and integrated specialized care at our Baylor Medicine Family Medicine private clinics, as well as through our partnership with Harris Health System. Our physicians and advanced practice clinicians provide healthcare services to diverse communities at health centers and same-day clinics across Harris County, plus Ben Taub General Hospital. Family Medicine residents have the opportunity to train alongside our faculty in caring for the underserved. In addition, our department participates in community-based contracts with organizations such as Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston, Houston Recovery Center, Santa Maria Hostel, and San José Clinic to further reach local patients in need. 

Harris Health Patient Demographics

  • Hispanic – 54.1 percent
  • African American – 25.9 percent
  • Caucasian – 11.3 percent
  • Asian and other – 8.7 percent

Reference: Harris Health System Facts and Figures

Our Institution

Baylor College of Medicine is a world-class research institution and academic center situated in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has activities and programs, which all can participate in. 

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Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team

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The Department of Family and Community Medicine has designated faculty and staff inclusion ambassadors who lead the department’s efforts.

If you have questions or would like to get involved with the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives and activities, contact our ambassadors below. 

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Sandra J. Gonzalez, Ph.D., LCSW

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Assistant Professor and Director of Research, Family and Community Medicine
Director of Behavioral Health, Baylor Family Medicine
Chair and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Jonnae Atkinson, M.D., M.S., FAAFP

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Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Bridget Angel, M.A.

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Senior Academic Coordinator, Family and Community Medicine
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee Member

Jacqueline Hirth, Ph.D., MPH

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Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee Member

Matthew Horsfield, M.D.

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Assistant Professor and Senior Physician Informaticist, Family and Community Medicine
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee Member

Bharat Joshi, M.D., FAAFP

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Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee Member

Ashley Siverand, MBA

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Research Administration Associate, Family and Community Medicine
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee Member

April Walker, MA, LPC

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Senior Behavioral Health and Social Work Associate, Family and Community Medicine
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee Member

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Highlighting Baylor's Diversity

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Baylor promotes a culture where all people are welcome. Our faculty, staff and students describe what diversity means to them in the workplace, in science and medicine and on a personal level.

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Pride Celebration

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Pride Month serves as an important reminder that Baylor College of Medicine is committed to fostering a supportive environment for all community members, including LGBTQ+ faculty, staff and trainees.