Adtalem Global Education Foundation Enters Strategic Partnership with Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
CHICAGO — Nov. 16, 2021 —The Adtalem Global Education Foundation has announced a two-year strategic partnership with the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (“STFM”), a national community of academic leaders committed to developing an accomplished family medicine workforce prepared to serve as the foundation of America’s health care system.
With a two-year commitment of $180,750, the Adtalem Global Education Foundation will serve as the lead philanthropic partner for STFM’s Academic Family Medicine Antiracism Learning Collaborative, a project to:
Empower and educate faculty, so they will identify racist structures and behaviors within their academic institutions and become leaders for change
Spread effective change strategies
“Adtalem is committed to combatting inequality and encouraging civic engagement across the entirety of the healthcare sector,” said Stephen Beard, president and CEO of Adtalem Global Education. “This partnership between the Adtalem Global Education Foundation and STFM strategically aligns with that commitment. Supporting and taking part in this national collaborative will help leaders and changemakers across the industry, including our own faculty participants, identify new approaches to combatting structural racism in medicine and improve health outcomes and equity by reducing disparities.”
“We are grateful to have the Adtalem Global Education Foundation as a philanthropic partner for this initiative,” said Judy Washington, M.D., president of the STFM Foundation. “We are hopeful that this is the beginning of an ongoing relationship to advance racial equity in medical education.”
The Adtalem Global Education Foundation’s grant funding will help support a 20-month study where up to 20 selected pairs will attend in-person and virtual training sessions as they refine and implement projects to reduce racism within their respective institutions. Pairs will include a faculty member from a family medicine department or residency program and an ally from the same program, institution or health system. Pairs will be assigned mentors who will provide guidance and expertise.
“The project fills critical gaps in the efforts currently being implemented in academic institutions,” said Tricia Elliott, M.D., chair of the STFM Antiracism Task Force. “The dyad structure both promotes allyship and empowers and educates participants so they can be models and advocates for antiracism and become leaders for change.”
Adtalem’s institutions, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Chamberlain University, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Walden University, collectively contribute to expanding access to education for a diverse range of students. As the Adtalem Global Education Foundation joins forces with STFM to support the collaborative, their combined efforts will promote racial equity and help address the prevalence of racism in academic family medicine.
For more information about STFM’s Academic Family Medicine Antiracism Learning Collaborative, visit https://stfm.org/news/2021news/10_11_21-call-for-applications-for-antiracism-learning-collaborative.
About the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Founded in 1967, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) is a national community of academic leaders committed to developing an accomplished family medicine workforce, prepared to serve as the foundation of America’s health care system. Members include physicians, PAs, nurse practitioners, behavioral health specialists, researchers, nurses and other health care professionals, health system executives, administrators, fellows, residents, students, and others involved in the education of family physicians. Follow STFM on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit stfm.org for more information.
About Adtalem Global Education Foundation
Founded in 2010, the Adtalem Global Education Foundation is organized to support charitable, educational and research purposes. The Foundation’s sole member is Adtalem Global Education. The Foundation’s activities reflect commitment to the following strategic areas: investing to expand access to education, jobs and careers; supporting the development of the communities where we live and work; and combating inequality and encouraging civic engagement. Visit the Adtalem Global Education Foundation for more information or to apply for funding.
About Adtalem Global Education
Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a leading workforce solutions provider, partners with organizations in the healthcare and financial services industries to solve critical workforce talent needs by expanding access to education, certifications and upskilling programs at scale. With a dedicated focus on driving strong outcomes that increase workforce preparedness, Adtalem empowers a diverse learner population to achieve their goals and make inspiring contributions to the global community. Adtalem is the parent organization of ACAMS, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, OnCourse Learning, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Walden University. Adtalem has more than 10,000 employees, a network of more than 275,000 alumni and serves over 82,000 members across 200 countries and territories. Adtalem was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021 by Newsweek and one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2021 by Forbes. Follow Adtalem on Twitter (@adtalemglobal), LinkedIn or visit adtalem.com for more information.