The Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences proudly presents the History and Health Program, which will examine VCU’s role in the history of health outcomes in Richmond and our nation. The program will focus on a wide variety of topics designed to increase understanding of how our institutional history interconnects with the history of our city and with current health care policies and practices. History and Health seeks to assist the entire VCU and VCU Health community in progressing along a healing journey by offering a rich menu of learning opportunities that enhance cultural awareness and understanding. The initial program series will focus on racial equity topics specifically related to health outcomes for Black Americans in Richmond and beyond. Future program series will expand to include topics related to health outcomes for other community groups. 

    Housed under the VCU Health Equity Initiative, the History and Health Program represents a response to requests from VCU students, faculty and staff to promote a more inclusive and fair working and learning environment. A cross-campus Steering Committee will provide insight and direction for the program, which aims to build a foundational awareness of health equity and diversity, equity and inclusion concepts. The Program aims to promote a shared understanding of VCU’s history across all VCU and VCU Health employees and students.

    Throughout the year, the History and Health Program will offer monthly virtual events, online learning modules and other resources designed to inspire and equip participants for further public and private conversations regarding health equity, diversity, equity and inclusion. VCU and VCU Health employees and students who participate in a majority of the History and Health Program events and online modules will earn a virtual badge. VCU Health employees may count their History and Health Program participation hours towards their DEI training requirements.