One of the key functions of The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) is to serve as a resource for medical a students and trainees with special emphasis on underrepresented matriculants. Our charge is to proactively support and enhance the academic and cultural experience of our diverse student body while they are pursuing their medical education. To enhance our efforts to promote diversity, the ODEI is launching the John H. Gladney lecture series and recognition dinner. These events will highlight the School of Medicine’s interests in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in health and medical education. Each gathering will educate and engage our students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and community in subjects related to health, health disparity, public health, and minority influences in improving healthcare and wellness.
By providing several events each year, the importance and impact will be reinforced, and opportunities for mentorship, friendship and collaboration will arise. These events will help to cultivate a strong base of financial support to fund the John H. Gladney, M.D. Fellowship, the Gladney Student Awards for leadership in diversity, the John Berry Meachum Scholarship, and future events to promote awareness and education.
The John H. Gladney, M.D. Lectures and Recognition Dinner, along with the Gladney Student Awards are named in honor of the late John H. Gladney, M.D. He was a well-known and respected member of the medical community, both locally and nationally. He was chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, the first African-American to hold the position of Chairman of a basic science or clinical department. He was committed to improving diversity at the University and within the field of medicine.
Gifts of support to the Office of Diversity, Education and Inclusion Development Fund will allow Saint Louis University School of Medicine to host lectures, build the Gladney Fellowship endowment fund, provide funding for scholarships that support underrepresented minority medical students, and fund the Gladney Student Awards.
- Guest Speaker: Jeanne Dickens, M.D., psychiatrist, Sandra Eskenazi Community Mental Health Center and Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital
- Co-panelist: Rita McMillan, Human Resources Consultant, Saint Louis University
- Co-panelist: Daniel Blash, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for the School of Medicine, Saint Louis University
- Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Healthcare Disparities, Mental Health: Where Do We Go from Here?
Psychiatrist and humanitarian, Jeanne Dickens, M.D., discusses healthcare disparities and mental health and provides optimism for the future. If you’ve ever asked the question, what can I do to help the marginalized; this webinar is for you. If you are a student, this webinar will connect you to a medical giant from the past and inspire you for the future. If you are a leader looking for answers; this webinar is for you. If you are discouraged and needing hope for the future, you don’t want to miss this webinar.
About Jeanne Dickens, M.D.
Dr. Jeanne Dickens is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist at Sandra Eskenazi Community Mental Health Center and at Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. Both organizations are divisions of Eskenazi Health, one of the leading providers of health care in Central Indiana. Dr. Dickens is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and completed a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received general adult psychiatry residency training at the University of South Carolina and completed a geriatric psychiatry fellowship program at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She has academic interests in Late-Life Depressive Disorders and Alzheimer Disease, and has received recognition on many occasions for her exemplary patient care. She has been recognized as a “Top ACTS Physician of the Year” by Eskenazi Health, and also as a “Top Doc” by Indianapolis Monthly magazine for several years. Throughout her career, Dr. Dickens has worked tirelessly to empower seniors to recognize and achieve their individual therapeutic goals. She enjoys reading nonfiction literature and participating in philanthropic endeavors. She is a sought after mentor and professional speaker, and is very proud to be a cousin of Dr. John H. Gladney’s late wife, Mrs. Agnes Clarice Gladney.