Mission & Goals

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The Diversity and Community Engagement Office offers a range of opportunities, resources, and events for patients and families.

To support UVA Health teams, we guide efforts to ensure an inclusive and respectful learning, training, and working environment.

Within the greater Charlottesville region, we aim to improve community health and well being by addressing social determinants of health. This work will reduce the health disparities amongst those at risk or underserved.

Our work will support the overall mission of UVA Health “To provide excellence, innovation and superlative quality in the care of patients, the training of health professionals, and the creation and sharing of health knowledge within a culture that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusiveness.”

Our Mission

To cultivate an inclusive community that embraces, values, and celebrates diversity and creates an engaging, equitable environment.

Our Values

Our office embodies the UVA Health stated values of: Accountability, Stewardship, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Excellence in our strategic planning efforts concerning UVA Health’s four mission areas of:

  • Community & health equity
  • Education 
  • Patient care
  • Research

Our Goals

  1. To effectively evaluate and address the social disparities and health inequities that negatively impact our historically marginalized and underrepresented communities within Charlottesville city and Albemarle County in a compassionate, comprehensive, systemic, and holistic manner.
  2. To empower our constituents through educational resources, community engagement activities, and collaborative partnerships that increase the overall health and well-being of the community.
  3. To develop DEI Trainings that inspire, heal, and bring a sense of hope and resiliency to all participants and increase the capacity for courageous conversations and cultural competency.
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Racism Against Providers

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