Michigan Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology recognizes that people's health and health care quality differs. Historical and modern injustices (social, economic, and political) have resulted in diminished quality of life in some communities. Injustices such as societal racism and discrimination cause negative health consequences. We see this in women in the U.S - especially women of color – who feel the impact of these injustices across their lifetime. They face unacceptable disease and death rates, especially during pregnancy, childbirth, and when diagnosed with reproductive cancers. People with substance use disorders, disabilities, and those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or gender non-conforming, among others, also face these injustices.
Our department is working to bring awareness and to create solutions to these societal issues. We are working to better educate and train our care providers and carefully listen to our patients' voices and the communities we serve. We are examining our performance and seeking to improve.
We strive to consistently provide patient-centered, safe, evidence-based, and timely care. Specifically, we pledge to provide equitable care for patients of every race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, ability, educational level, and familial status.