Drexel University College of Medicine has joined a network of leaders organizing across the health care industry to create safe, fair and dignified workplaces for women. TIME’S UP Healthcare aims to drive new policies and decisions that result in more balanced, diverse and accountable leadership; address workplace discrimination, harassment and abuse; and create equitable and safe work cultures within all facets of the health care industry.
Inspired by the messages of TIME’S UP and galvanized by persistent data on gender inequities in health care careers and an entrenched culture of harassment, an energized group of women came together to form TIME’S UP Healthcare. Over the past six months, TIME’S UP Healthcare has grown to a group of 50 founding members and 13 senior advisors, and is associated with a network of leading institutions in health care, all rallying around a call to increase safety and equity in the industry.
“I am honored to be a founding member of TIME’S UP Healthcare and in the company of so many extraordinary female leaders,” said Drexel University College of Medicine’s Nancy Spector, MD, executive director of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program. “The tenets of TIME’S UP Healthcare align perfectly with the mission of ELAM and also with the history of Drexel University College of Medicine, which has a strong heritage of supporting the advancement of women in medicine.”
TIME’S UP Healthcare is made up of women of all kinds from diverse backgrounds and specialties ranging from emergency medicine to psychiatry. Its founders and leaders represent a wide spectrum of health care professionals including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, clinical pharmacists and more, steadfast in the shared goal of improving gender equity and decreasing the burden of sexual harassment in health care. In recognition of the fact that problems of gender inequity and sexual harassment affect all health care workers, TIME’S UP Healthcare organizers are committed to unifying professionals across fields, and engaging and supporting organizations and individuals at every level of health care delivery.
TIME’S UP Healthcare is also supported by a range of partners including the American Medical Women’s Association, American College of Physicians, Service Employees International Union, American Nurses Association and Council of Medical Subspecialties. These organizations have publicly declared their commitment to TIME’S UP Healthcare’s organizational principles: 1) sexual harassment and gender inequity have no place in the health care workplace; 2) every employee should have equitable opportunity, support and compensation; and 3) we cannot address a problem without understanding its scope and impact.
Drexel University College of Medicine joins the following signatory organizations in this effort: Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Mayo Clinic and Yale School of Medicine.
For more details on TIME’S UP Healthcare, please visit www.timesuphealthcare.org.