Department of Family and Community Medicine

Family and Community Medicine Community Engagement & Health Equity

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Celebrate Diversity Month!

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In honor of April being Celebrate Diversity Month, we celebrated the diverse backgrounds and experiences of faculty and staff within Family and Community Medicine. The gallery below showcases various art, history, traditions, stories, cultural celebrations, etc., that reflect some of the cultures within our department.

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Our Commitment

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Family and Community Medicine 2022 Pride Poster
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Poster from our Advancement of Cultural Awareness and Promotion of Celebrations
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The Department of Family and Community Medicine is strongly committed to embracing diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives within our department and the BCM community. The Department's Community Engagement & Health Equity (CEHE) Committee is a group of diverse faculty and staff members dedicated to fostering an environment of mutual respect and promoting acceptance of all.

The Family and Community Medicine CEHE Committee works toward the development and implementation of strategies that prioritize health equity in clinics and communities served by our department. We strive to provide a more inclusive workplace regardless of cultural differences, beliefs, background, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, abilities, and more.

Some of our current initiatives include:

  • Biannual CEHE-themed faculty Grand Rounds
  • Dedicated CEHE lecture series for FCM residents
  • Biannual CEHE Champion Award given to one faculty member and one staff member
  • Interdepartmental Collaborations
  • Advancement of cultural awareness and promotion of celebrations across the diversity spectrum

Our Care

Our department's clinical faculty consists of 175 individuals from all walks of life who are dedicated to treating Houston's multicultural patient populations. We offer primary care and integrated specialized care at our Baylor Medicine Family Medicine private clinics, as well as through our partnership with Harris Health System. Our physicians and advanced practice clinicians provide healthcare services to diverse communities at health centers and same-day clinics across Harris County, plus Ben Taub General Hospital. Family Medicine residents have the opportunity to train alongside our faculty in caring for the underserved. In addition, our department participates in community-based contracts with organizations such as Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston, Houston Recovery Center, and Santa Maria Hostel to further reach local patients in need. 

Harris Health Patient Demographics

  • Hispanic – 52.9 percent
  • African American – 24 percent
  • Caucasian – 14.4 percent
  • Asian and other – 8.7 percent

Reference: Harris Health System Facts and Figures

Our Institution

Baylor College of Medicine is a world-class research institution and academic center situated in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. The Office of Community Engagement & Health Equity has activities and programs, which all can participate in. 

Learn More About Diversity At Baylor
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Our Community Engagement & Health Equity Team

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The Department of Family and Community Medicine has designated health equity ambassadors and committee members who lead the department's efforts.

If you have questions or would like to get involved with the Department of Family and Community Medicine's Community Engagement & Health Equity initiatives and activities, contact our ambassadors below. 

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Sandra J. Gonzalez, MSSW, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor and Director of Research, Family and Community Medicine
Director of Behavioral Health, Baylor Medicine Family Medicine
Chair and Director of Community Engagement & Health Equity
Health Equity Ambassador, Baylor College of Medicine

Jonnae Atkinson, M.D., M.S., FAAFP

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Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Vice Chair of Community Engagement & Health Equity
Health Equity Ambassador, Baylor College of Medicine

Bridget Angel, M.A.

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Senior Academic Coordinator, Family and Community Medicine
Health Equity Committee Member

Judith Gutierrez, M.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Primary Care Research
Health Equity Committee Member

Jacqueline Hirth, Ph.D., MPH

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Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Health Equity Committee Member

Bharat Joshi, M.D., FAAFP

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Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Health Equity Committee Member

Brendon Martin, M.D.

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Resident, Family Medicine Residency Program
Health Equity Committee Member

Kiara Olmeda, M.S.

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Research Coordinator, Family and Community Medicine
Health Equity Committee Member

Yasmin Uzamere, M.D.

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Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Health Equity Committee Member

Mariana Villanueva, M.S.

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Senior Research Administration Associate, Family and Community Medicine
Health Equity Committee Member

April Walker, M.A., LPC, NCTTP

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Senior Behavioral Health and Social Work Associate, Family and Community Medicine
Health Equity Committee Member

Amna Waqar, MBBS

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Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Health Equity Committee Member