JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion)

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Engaging with the world through a JEDI lens demonstrates how we value people in general. It is not only about our members feeling respected, but also about our patients feeling understood and safe.

What is JEDI?


Justice - Identifying and removing barriers that prevent diversity, equity, and inclusion of difference. Making fair and ethical decisions about the distribution of opportunities and resources through interpersonal and institutional engagement.
(Resource: searle.northwestern.edu/focus-areas/deij/defining-deij.html)

Equity - Being fair and impartial as an individual engages with an organization or system. Involves taking account of policies, initiatives, and practices and taking action to address (dis)advantages based on difference. Often confused with "equality," equity implies that an individual may need to experience or receive something different (not equal to or the same as something or someone else) to maintain fairness and access. Everyone has a fair opportunity to attain their full potential.
(Resources: brandeis.edu/diversity/about/definitions.htmlaafp.org/membership/initiatives/diversity-equity-and-inclusion.html; and searle.northwestern.edu/focus-areas/deij/defining-deij.html)

Diversity - Differences of people with respect to, but not limited by, race; ethnicity; color; religion; background; national or geographic origin; age; gender, gender identity or expression; socioeconomic status; language; sexual orientation; (dis)ability status; education; thoughts; political perspective; and skills, among others.
(Resources: diversity.umich.edu/about/defining-dei and aafp.org/membership/initiatives/diversity-equity-and-inclusion.html

Inclusion - Deliberately and authentically welcoming and valuing differences. Different perspectives are respectfully heard and brought into all into processes, activities, leadership and opportunities, and decision/policy making. Every individual feels a sense of belonging and has the opportunity to participate.
(Resources: diversity.umich.edu/about/defining-deiracialequitytools.org/glossaryaafp.org/membership/initiatives/diversty-equity-and-inclusion.html)

JEDI News

WOEMA Celebrates Pride Month

WOEMA Celebrates Pride Month In June we celebrate Pride Month to honor the LGBTQIA+ community as well as its history and resilience. It is a time to renew our commitment to a culture of diversity and inclusion, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Although difficult to quantify, an estimated 25 million US…

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Honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

Dear Colleagues, As we enter Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, it is a profound opportunity for us in the healthcare community to recognize and honor the significant contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to medicine and public health. This month serves as a reminder of the rich diversity within our teams…

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WOEMA Celebrates Women’s History Month

The JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) Committee invites you to join WOEMA in celebrating Women’s History Month. Through our celebration, we recognize the achievements and contributions made by women throughout American history. Women in medicine have made immense contributions to advancing science. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in…

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WOEMA Statement on Ukraine Invasion and Resulting Humanitarian and Occupational and Environmental Health Crisis

The Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association(WOEMA) strongly condemns the unprovoked acts of aggression being waged by the Russian military on the sovereign country of Ukraine.

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WOEMA Honors Juneteenth

WOEMA Honors Juneteenth   WOEMA honors Juneteenth, June 19, as an annual commemoration of the end of slavery. This day has been celebrated by the African American community since the late 1800s. In 2021, President Biden declared Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, as a federal holiday.  Juneteenth has special significance for WOEMA, as the Justice,…

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Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion At The Heart Of Occupational And Environmental Medicine

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WOEMA Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month 2022

WOEMA Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month 2022 November is Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Heritage Month. WOEMA honors the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of the first Americans while also acknowledging the public health and environmental challenges that AI/AN people continue to face and…

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WOEMA Celebrates Hispanic American Heritage Month

WOEMA Celebrates Hispanic American Heritage Month Each year, Hispanic American Heritage month is celebrated September15-October 15 to celebrate the culture and contributions of the Latinx community. It affords us an opportunity to honor the labor the Latinx community has provided over the years to help build country. One such effort was the Bracero Program. The…

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JEDI Committee Gathers at WOHC 2022

JEDI Committee Gathers at WOHC 2022 It was wonderful to see everyone in person at WOHC 2022. What a great team!  We missed those of we were not able capture in this photo. I know you were there in spirit!

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WOEMA Celebrates LGBTQ+ Month

WOEMA Celebrates LGBTQ+ Month   June is Pride Month. Pride Month is celebrated every June as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 in Manhattan, New York. This event was seen as the “tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States,” According to the Library of…

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WOEMA Celebrates Women’s History Month

The JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) Committee invites you to join WOEMA in celebrating Women’s History Month. Through our celebration, we recognize the achievements and contributions made by women throughout American history. Every year, the National Women’s History Alliance selects a theme for Women’s History Month. The theme for 2022 is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting…

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WOEMA Celebrates Black History Month 2022

WOEMA Honors Black History Month 2022 This month, the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) Committee invites you to join WOEMA as we honor Black History Month, an annual commemoration of achievements by African Americans and a time to recognize their central role in US history. The story of African Americans is one of hope, resilience, courage,…

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WOEMA Establishes Task Force on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

WOEMA Establishes Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Originally published on June 19, 2020 Dear WOEMA members: On June 10, 2020, WOEMA issued a statement condemning racism and discrimination and made a commitment to working to help reduce disparities. As a step in that direction, I am pleased to announce the creation of a…

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WOEMA – “Stronger Together”

“Stronger Together” The Western Occupational & Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA) is greatly saddened by the tragic and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Dion Johnson, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Oscar Grant, and many others. We stand in solidarity with all the voices denouncing racism and inequality. Our hearts are with the victims’ families as well as…

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