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 Community Engagement & Health Equity (CEHE) 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 CEHE Committee works toward the development and implementation of strategies that prioritize health equity in clinics and communities served by 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 CEHE-themed faculty Grand Rounds
- Dedicated CEHE lecture series for FCM residents
- Biannual CEHE 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 department's clinical faculty consists of 175 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, and Santa Maria Hostel to further reach local patients in need.
Harris Health Patient Demographics
- Hispanic – 52.9 percent
- African American – 24 percent
- Caucasian – 14.4 percent
- Asian and other – 8.7 percent
Reference: Harris Health System Facts and Figures
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 Community Engagement & Health Equity has activities and programs, which all can participate in.