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Office of Community Impact, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center’s Office of Community Impact, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI) is responsible for supporting, promoting, and implementing programs that maintain an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment that provides culturally relevant patient care. CEDI implements and coordinates programming, consistent with the UH mission and vision: “To Heal. To Teach. To Discover.” As it continues in “Advancing the Science of Health and the Art of Compassion.” CEDI is the legacy of Dr. Edgar B. Jackson, Jr. who spent his entire career championing culturally relevant healthcare, community engagement, and addressing health disparities.

UH’s focus on addressing the social determinants of health for the most vulnerable populations has begun to demonstrate a positive impact on their healthcare outcomes. Our focus on inclusion and diversity intentionally seeks to reduce healthcare disparities and inequities – a core commitment of University Hospitals. We believe this investment will result in better care for all of our patients.

CEDI Initiatives

  • Online and in-person trainings for clinical and non-clinical staff (Cultural Insight, Cultural Humility, Unconscious Bias, Privilege, and Health Disparities/Equity
  • Minority House Officers (MHO) – Underrepresented minority residents and fellows work to ensure that their professional needs are being met by UH
  • Satcher Clerkships – Support for underrepresented minority medical students to complete a clinical rotation at UH.
  • Satcher Lecture Series – biannual lectures related to community issues and population health
  • URM Faculty Leaders and Mentors – supporting networking and collaborations for underrepresented minority faculty members to be successful in an academic setting
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) – support/affinity groups dedicated to maintaining a climate where all employees feel supported at UH
  • Research and Data Collection Opportunities – research grants for junior faculty
  • Partnerships with local non-profit health initiatives to promote wellness in all of our communities
  • Recruitment, Retention, Talent Development, and Promotion
  • Health Scholars Pipeline efforts – Six year-long program for high school students
  • System, Community, and Patient engagement
  • National CLAS Standards – ensuring that UH remains a leader in implementing the Health and Human Services' standards for Cultural and linguistic appropriateness
  • Recognitions/Celebrations/Awards for individuals and departments that embrace the UH core values, Excellence, Diversity, Integrity, Compassion, and Teamwork.
  • Global Health Programs and residency training program in non-Western countries (programs such as WONDOOR in Guyana)
  • Medical models that address the healthcare needs of populations where they are (Men’s Health, LGBTQIA+, and community health centers)
  • Internal equity audits

For more information, contact the office at: or 216-286-CEDI.