Skip to main content
COVID-19 Response and Resources

COVID-19 Response and Resources

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is placing the health and welfare of our VCOM community and the communities in which we reside as our main concern.  More information.

HEEDHP_logo2020_tag.jpg

VCOM Receives 2020 HEED Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity

HEED Award logo
By Cindy Shepard Rawlins -

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) has received the 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) will be featured, along with 45 other recipients, in the December 2020 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This is the second year in a row that VCOM has been named as a Health Professions HEED Award recipient.

VCOM recognizes the lack of medical care available to minority populations. One of the goals of our mission is to seek 'to recruit and graduate students who will address health care disparities, including those related to minority populations.' We are proud of the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff who have come together as a tenacious multicultural institution. We reaffirm the VCOM family's commitment to remove the barriers of poverty, access, and discrimination in any form. These are the ideals that have made our VCOM family strong.

Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO , VCOM President and Provost

The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion. We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.

Lenore Pearlstein , Publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine

Other recipients of the 2020 Health Professions HEED Award are:

  • A.T. Still University
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine
  • Duke University School of Nursing
  • Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Frontier Nursing University
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS)
  • Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
  • TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
  • Texas A&M University - College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Texas A&M University College of Dentistry
  • The Medical University of South Carolina
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • The Ohio State University College of Nursing
  • The Ohio State University College of Optometry
  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
  • Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York
  • UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
  • University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
  • University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences
  • University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Florida College of Dentistry
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Nursing
  • University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • University of Michigan Medical School
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
  • University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN)
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • Weill Cornell Medicine

For more information about the 2020 Health Professions HEED Award, visit insightintodiversity.com

Share This Story: