SMPH, UW Health join Time’s Up Healthcare movement

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health have pledged their support to the Time’s Up Healthcare movement.

Dean Dr. Robert Golden and UW Health CEO Dr. Alan Kaplan signed a letter outlining the commitment to the core principles of the movement.

The Time’s Up Healthcare mission is to unify national efforts to bring equity, inclusion and safety to the health care workplace.

“We will continue to strengthen our structure, processes, and outcomes as we work towards the goal of a safe, respectful and equitable workplace,” said Dean Golden.

“The best care is inclusive care,” said Kaplan.  “We are committed to be a compassionate health care organization for all patients.”

In 2016, UW Health named Shiva Bidar-Sielaff UW Health chief diversity officer. Her work has focused on the design and implementation of UW Health’s initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

According to the letter, Time’s Up Healthcare supports these core statements:

  1. Sexual harassment and gender inequity have no place in the healthcare workplace. We are committed to preventing sexual harassment and gender inequality and protecting and aiding those who are targets of harassment and discrimination.
  2. We believe every employee should have equitable opportunity, support, and compensation.
  3. We cannot address a problem without understanding its scope and impact. We will measure and track sexual harassment and gender-based inequities occurring in our institution.