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Office of Health Equity and Inclusion

Create a culture of belonging with us.

The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger College of Health Sciences is committed to fostering an inclusive environment for students, faculty, staff and community members. Creating a culture of belonging means embracing diversity and celebrating the differences that strengthen our community. We can promote equitable healthcare by ensuring diverse representation in the learning environment and the workforce. Our efforts are aimed at implementing practices that welcome and honor the unique identity and perspective of every person.


Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine holds the following cultural celebrations:

  • Hispanics/Latinos in the Diaspora (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15)
  • Indigenous Peoples in the Diaspora (November)
  • Africans in the Diaspora (February)
  • Europeans in the Diaspora (March)
  • Asians in the Diaspora (May)


Visitors to our Medical Sciences Building are most impressed by one thing: our flags! Hanging in the sunlit space of the lobby, the flags represent almost every country in the world. Everyone delights in finding their own flag. It’s one colorful way Geisinger College represents the cultural identities and family heritages of everyone in the community. In partnership with our facilities operations, the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion is proud to support this initiative honoring the vibrant tapestry of our college and local communities.

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Contact us

Valencia P. Walker, MD, MPH, FAAP (she/hers)

Valencia Walker
Vice Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion

Maureen Murtha (she/hers)

Executive Director, Pathways Programs

Liz Bochicchio (she/hers)

Program Coordinator, Office of Health Equity and Inclusion
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