OFDD Community Support Initiative

To build community and encourage new networks that enact positive change for diversity at Stanford Medicine, the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity is seeking to help faculty establish communities and networks for inclusion. Applicant groups may receive funding of up to $3,000 to organize networks with an impact on diversity, broadly defined. OFDD will provide these funds for a pilot year with the goal that groups also consider how they may secure other funds for the continuation of the network.

2022 Awardees

Huiqiong (Joan) Deng, MD, PhD

Network of Faculty at the Stanford Mental Health for Asians Research and Treatment (SMHART) Clinic

The Stanford Mental Health for Asians Research and Treatment (SMHART) clinic was formally established in 2019. Our clinic has recognized the COVID-19 pandemic is linked to a rise in stigma and discrimination against Asians and this initiative serves the critical need of supporting Asian medical staff for both personal and clinical reasons. Our program will consist of bi-annual Stanford community outreach events aiming to connect SMHART with other Stanford faculty in child psychiatry, research, adjunct faculty who work with Asian patients, as well as Asian mental health care leaders in the community. In addition, SMHART clinic faculty and trainees have expressed the desire to meet in person. We plan to host quarterly in-person lunch/dinner mixed with Zoom events for SMHART clinicians. This initiative would strengthen community ties with providers and allies, work synergistically to advance the missions of other related initiatives, and help identify opportunities for collaboration with them. 

Lisa Goldman-Rosas

Community of Practice for Researchers and Community Partners who use Community-Based Participatory Research
The Community of Practice brings together researchers and community partners to network and discuss research priorities that reflect the need and strengths of our local community. The funding will support informal networking meetings in the community with diverse community-based organizations that will serve to further develop and strengthen our local partnerships.

Michelle Khan

Promoting and Improving LGBTQ+ Health within Stanford Ob/Gyn

The 2022 OFDD Community Support Initiative will support a group of faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology LGBTQ+ Section who are committed to improving LGBTQ+ Health at Stanford University School of Medicine and beyond. The faculty’s work in LGBTQ+ care includes: gynecology care for transgender youth and adults, anal dysplasia screening and treatment, gender affirming medical treatments and surgeries, LGBTQ+ family building, LGBTQ+ education, and more. Funding from the OFDD Community Support Initiative will be used to support food and drink at gatherings of the LGBTQ+ section faculty, creation of inclusive spaces in our clinic, and a group field trip to the GLMA (Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ+ Equality) Annual Conference in San Francisco in October 2022.

Cesar Padilla

Latino Faculty Advocacy Meetings (LFAM)
We are excited to announce the creation of a centralized network of Latino faculty at Stanford School of Medicine (SOM) called Latino Faculty Advocacy Meetings (Latino F.A.M.). The purpose of Latino F.A.M. is to bring together Latino physicians from diverse professional backgrounds at Stanford to coordinate and centralize efforts relating to the Latino patient population, while creating a support network for Latino faculty and students across Stanford University and Healthcare systems.  Currently only 5.8% of U.S. physicians identify as Latino, highlighting the importance of faculty support networks for Latino faculty. Furthermore, it is estimated that by the year 2050, nearly 1 in 3 Americans will be of Latino descent. Latino F.A.M. will create a quarterly newsletter to highlight Latino faculty and students to build community and mentorship between faculty and students with in-person events. Latino F.A.M. will also be helping launch national initiatives, such as Latino/a Physician Day on October 1st, a grassroots movement supported by organizations such as the National Hispanic Medical Association and MiMentor, highlighting Latino F.A.M.'s potential influence on a national level.


Peter Poullos

Mutual Mentorship Program for Faculty with Disabilities

SMADIE’s Mutual Mentorship Program is dedicated to advancing the careers of disabled professionals in healthcare, science, and medicine. This OFDD community support initiative is focused on building community, support, and collaboration of Stanford physicians and scientists with disabilities. We will be hosting in-person, on-campus events, supplemented by virtual content, with experts discussing relevant themes such as navigating academics with a disability, disability justice, disclosure, obtaining accommodations, and strategies for self-advocacy. And we aim to have fun and build friendships!

Neha Purkey

Network of Women in Pediatric Intensive Care Specialties (WiPICS)

We are excited to create the Women in Pediatric Intensive Care Specialties (WiPICS) group to improve gender equity in the pediatric intensive care units (PICU, NICU and CVICU) at Stanford. WiPICS welcomes female fellows and faculty in our three divisions (pediatric critical care, pediatric cardiac intensive care, and neonatology) to join us with the goals of fostering cross-divisional camaraderie and mentorship, providing educational content on gender bias and professional development, and encouraging research on gender bias in the critical care subspecialties. WiPICS hopes to develop mentoring relationships that lead to professional growth at the individual, divisional and institutional levels.

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Please sign up here to express interest in any of the 2020-2021 Office of Faculty Development and Diversity Community Support Programs. Please note that at this time, these networks are for Stanford Medicine affiliates only.