Diversity is the richness of human differences. Inclusion is when everyone feels connected, valued and engaged. At the MGH, we believe that because of diversity we excel; through inclusion we respect; focused on equity we serve, heal, educate and innovate.

Whether by train, bus, car, bike, on foot or by internet connection, MGH staff come together at MGH each day with one common goal – providing and supporting the very best in patient care. These individuals bring with them different skills, perspectives, and backgrounds. As part of the MGH’s ongoing focus on diversity and inclusion hospitalwide, staff share their personal stories about what makes them unique, how their differences enhance their ability to help colleagues, patients and visitors to the hospital, and what their goals are for the future. This is the first installment in the “I am MGH” series. 

Lidia Moura, MD, MPH, of the Department of Neurology, was born in Alagoas, one of the most violent and poor states of Brazil. Moura lived in seven different cities – from Porto Calvo, a city in which more than half of the adult population remains illiterate, to Brasilia, the capital city. She witnessed barriers to access to health services in different settings and was determined to follow her dreams to better the lives of those around her. With a medical degree and a master’s degree in public health, she now is pursuing her doctorate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has received six researchawards during the past three years, while also being a mom to a 3-month-old son and 2-year-old daughter. One of her goals for the future is to reduce health inequities in neurology care.

Ailina Fernandes has spent the past six years as a supervisor in MGH Nutrition and Food Services. She speaks four languages: Portuguese, Portuguese Creole, English and Spanish. Fernandes has four sons with whom she loves to play soccer. Her goal for the future is to continue to pursue her dreams – making the impossible, possible. She also is striving to complete her college degree and become a dietician.

Dennis Norman, EdD, is a senior psychologist at the MGH where he has worked for 38 years. He also serves as chair of the Harvard University Native American Program. Norman – who grew up in Oklahoma, Wyoming and Idaho – has spent his career studying and teaching human development, culture and anthropology and clinical psychology. One of his goals for the future is to help build healthy Native American communities, which tend to have the highest degree of inequities and inequalities.

Mourad Elkacemi has worked at the front desk for pediatrics for the past three years at MGH Revere HealthCare Center. He speaks Arabic, French, English, Moroccan dialect and some Spanish. Soccer is his favorite pastime and says there is only one team to support – Real Madrid. One of Elkacemi’s goals for the future is to continue to advance at the MGH, and continue to be a role model and provider for his children.

Chimwemwe Clarke, RN, has worked at the MGH for nearly 20 years, 17 of those as a nurse. She currently is a graduate student at Suffolk University, pursuing a degree in health care administration. Clarke’s passion to help others includes her patients on Ellison 10, as well as underprivileged children in Malawi, where she was born and raised. She has traveled to the East African country three times in the past five years with donations of food and books for youth in area schools and shelters. One of her goals for the future is to travel to Italy. 

Everyone is valued here.
Everyone is appreciated here.
Everyone is welcome here.
Everyone is different and unique here.

Read more articles from the 12/01/17 Hotline issue.