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Diversity and Inclusion

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"Navy Medicine must be a reflection of our Nation’s diverse composition. To that end, I’m committed that Navy Medicine will leverage the right mix of accession, retention, education, and training incentives to meet this goal. We are facing the most rapid change in demographics in the history of the United States. Navy Medicine personnel must be mindful of who we serve. We must ensure our shipmates are trained to provide culturally competent care, coordinating traditional, non-traditional and holistic practices while individualizing medical care to meet specific patient needs. The initial phase of diversity training for Navy Medicine personnel has been completed. The next phase will be to normalize diversity and inclusion. There must be commitment, from all levels, to creating an environment where people are valued, respected, mentored and provided the opportunity to reach their full personal and professional potential, an environment that benefits the sailor, the command, the community, and Navy Medicine. I will follow the CNO’s lead and support creating a self-sustaining diversity workforce, where all our shipmates see themselves represented in all levels of leadership. Our nation is a tapestry of strength woven with people of all backgrounds and origins. We all must take ownership of what we do to cultivate a diverse Navy Medicine team, a workforce that is ready, technically savvy, relevant, and motivated; one that is ready to take Navy Medicine into the future."
VADM Matthew L. Nathan
US Navy Surgeon General
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All Hands Update - June 11, 2014

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In today's episode of All Hands Update, we'll talk to you about the Baltic Operations Exercise 2014 and June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender month.)


Dr. Jonathan Woodson
Assistant Director Defense Health Agency
Diversity Lecture
February 12, 2014
Transcript - PDF




Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

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The Uniformed Services University (USU) is partnering with the Armed Services to develop and implement the Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2). The EMDP2 is 24-month program that will enable highly-qualified enlisted service members to complete the preparatory coursework for application to medical school while maintaining an active duty status. EMDP2 candidates will include service members who demonstrate integrity, are passionate about service in harm's way, and are dedicated to becoming future clinicians, leaders and scholars of the nation's medical force. Candidates will reflect the diversity of our Armed Forces. 

Learn more at Uniformed Services University

Dr. Concepcion "Connie" Mariano (former RDML and former White House physician for Mr. Bill Clinton) with Navy Medicine staff at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders (15 Feb 2014) - Courtesy Photo

(L to R: CAPT. Mae Pouget, LCDR. Josephine Nguyen, LT, Merilynn Cariaga, Dr. C. Mariano, CAPT. James Chun, CAPT. Bruce Stinnett, LCDR Tai Do)


 Diversity in the U.S. Navy

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Diversity is a strategic imperative for Navy Medicine and critical to our mission accomplishment.  Given the shifting demographics in the U.S., the growing competition among the services and corporate America for talented personnel, and tactical challenges such as force re-structuring and joint operational missions, Navy Medicine strives to ensure that we attract, develop and retain individuals whose contributions are valued and respected.


Navy Diversity Programs

Navy Medicine Diversity Program (PDF)

Bureau of Navy Personnel (BUPERS) Diversity website Diversity website

DoD Directive on Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (EO)

Other Diversity Programs

US Air Force Diversity

US Army Diversity 'Stand To'

US Marine Corps Diversity

US Coast Guard Diversity


 Other Diversity Information

Our goal is to ensure that all Navy Medicine members are educated about the importance of diversity in our total workforce.  There are a variety of diversity training opportunities available to Navy Medicine commands.  All are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the diversity training events offered in your areas. 
"Every Navy Medicine member, military and civilian, officer and enlisted, is a recruiter for Navy Medicine.  Each of us bears the responsibility of helping spread the word about the excellent opportunities that Navy Medicine has to offer."

VADM Adam M. Robinson, Jr. (Ret)
Former Navy Surgeon General

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Affinity Groups (Listing of STEM-focused affinity groups, many of which the Navy has ongoing collaborations with.)

 Navy Community Service Program

All Navy Medicine personnel contribute to mission success.  Navy Medicine fosters work enviroments where people are valued, respected, and provide the opportunity to reach their full personal and professional potential.  The following are resources and tools that can be used to help establish mentoring relationships and enhance individual mentoring techniques.
Diversity is a leadership issue. Navy Medicine leaders are challenged to foster enviroments that promote inclusion, embrace different points of view, understand unique individual perspectives, enhance the potential for personnel and professional growth, and see the helpful contribution of all personnel as we leverage the resources of Navy Medicine to recruit, develop, and retain tomorrow's leaders.

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