It's well-documented that a person's skin color impacts the quality of medical care they receive.

As director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Nicole Del Castillo, MD, MPH (14R), is invested in making health care more equitable and inclusive.

Early in her training, Del Castillo was introduced to the health disparities that impact the Black community, especially in her field of psychiatry. As a physician-in-training, she wanted to address these problems directly through patient encounters. But pursuing a public health degree transformed her thinking and shifted her focus to the systemic changes needed to address this public health crisis.

Her focus now is to provide resources and support for students, trainees, faculty, and staff to help them recognize implicit biases and microaggressions, respond to mistreatment, and improve the recruitment and hiring of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds.

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Posted by Carver College of Medicine on Friday, June 5, 2020

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mindful of all aspects of human difference, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strives to create a welcoming and inclusive culture across the enterprise.