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EII Director and Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow win the Patient and Family Centered
Care Impact Award
Dr. Lara Stepleman, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the EII, and Dr. James Griffin, health psychology postdoctoral fellow, were the recipients of the AUMC PFCC IMPACT Award from The Center for Patients and Families and the Office of the CEO for their project proposal, “Fostering an Inclusive Patient and Family Centered Care Environment for Sexual and Gender Minorities at AUMC.” The purpose of this interprofessional project to develop a continuum of staff and provider trainings to improve the healthcare experiences of sexual and gender minorities in AUMC’s hospitals and clinics. Consequently, they will help to ensure patients are treated with respect through: 1) accurate and sensitive collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data in the electronic medical record, 2) knowledgeable communication with patients and families, using language appropriate to the individual, and 3) active, ongoing collaborative partnerships with patients, families, providers, and administrators that will foster an inclusive environment. Medical students and other health professions students will be integrated into all aspects of the development, implementation, and evaluation of this initiative. Dr. David Kriegel in Family Medicine will serve as the project co-director. The PFCC IMPACT Award of up t0 $5,000 focuses on rewarding innovation through interprofessional participation. The goal is to create sustainable patient- and family- centered care initiatives, supported by preliminary data that impacts the patient experience and ultimately, health outcomes.