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UWM Healthcare Equity Book Club

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Pursuant of the UW Medicine Healthcare Equity Blueprint – the purpose of the UW Medicine (UWM) Healthcare Equity Book Club is to augment our:

  1. Operating with explicit definitions of equity racism, bias, diversity and cultural humility;
  2. Seeking understanding around where we have fallen short and demonstrate commitment & accountability to improving healthcare equity at all levels of the organization;
  3. Recognizing how and why people seek care is culturally variable;
  4. …among other strategies and guiding principles articulated in the Blueprint.

Book selections cover topics we think better contextualize and further our ability to address phenomena related to advancing healthcare equity – racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, sizeism, ageism, classism, heterosexism, gender discrimination, religious intolerance, discrimination on the basis of appearance and other oppressive conditions.

Finally, the Healthcare Equity Book Club aims to provide a safe space where attendees (UWM workforce) can decrease stress, gain new perspectives, improve writing skills, and foster a sense of community across UWM, among other benefits.

Currently Featured Book

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My Brother’s Husband Volume 1 by Gengoroh Tagame

“Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki and father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi’s estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji’s past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.” – Penguin Random House


Previously Featured Books

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So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

“Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy–from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans–has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair–and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to ‘model minorities’ in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.” – Seal Press


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White Fragility, Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

“In this ‘vital, necessary, and beautiful book’ (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and ‘allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.” – Beacon Press

Hunger A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Photo Credit: Keith A. Vensey, MBA MPH

“New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as ‘wildly undisciplined,’ Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, and tells a story that hasn’t yet been told but needs to be.” – HarperCollins Publishers



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