By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON – A native of Mingo County is striving to diversify and support inclusion in the workplace.
Shelvy Campbell, assistant dean for diversity at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the Marshall School of Pharmacy, says individuals should be valued for their unique skills and capabilities in their line of work.
Campbell is the daughter of Fred and Barbara White of Williamson and the late Patricia White of Williamson, and says she is very proud of her Mingo County roots.
The core element for increasing diversity, Campbell explained, is inclusion, and it can only be achieved by nurturing the organizational climate and culture through education, policy, practice and development.
“Inclusion is the process of valuing all individuals and leveraging their diverse talents, not in spite of their differences, but because of them,” Campbell said. “Inclusion requires a conscious effort to involve all human resources in the fabric and mission of the organization as a critical value add.
“The school’s ongoing commitment to diversity will ensure the adequate provision of culturally competent care to the nation’s burgeoning minority communities,” she said. “A diverse health care workforce will help to expand health care access for the underserved, foster research in neglected areas of societal need and enrich the pool of managers and policymakers to meet the needs of a diverse populace.
“Project P.R.E.M.E.D. gives students a chance to understand the processes of applying to, and attending, medical school,” Campbell said. “Participants attend medical school classes, meet faculty and current medical students, and receive educational preparatory information for the Medical College Admission Test.”
Another initiative is the Neonatal Clerkship, which provides summer opportunities for ethnic minority college students interested in medicine as a career to interact within the health care setting. The clerkship is designed to provide participants with a realistic, well-balanced experience in a neonatal intensive care unit. During the month, students take part in activities that include participating on the medical team, where they will attend morning work rounds with the neonatologist, resident physicians and medical students.
“Student participants will gain knowledge about the hospital, physicians and medical students, and learn while having fun,” Campbell said.
The Health Career Pipeline Initiative is a summer residential program aimed at attracting high school students entering grades 10-12. Participants learn about the educational requirements, skills, typical job duties and personal qualities of specific health professionals and paraprofessionals. Participants experience hands-on activities that highlight the skills, equipment, technology and resources used by health professionals.
“The program was designed to increase awareness and understanding of the care setting and structure where many health professionals work,” Campbell said.