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Word of the Month

Each month, there will be a meaningful, positive word posted around campus, underscoring UMMC’s values. The “Word of the Month” is a visual reminder of the institution’s standards when it comes to the promotion of a respectful and inclusive environment. Words are posted in the elevators and bulletin boards around campus. Managers are encouraged to post the word in their departments or units and to use the word as a “talking point” to stimulate dialogue with employees.  

Image of pen and notebook 


A high-level overall plan embracing the general goals and acceptable procedures especially of a governmental body


Suggested talking points
and questions:

  • How do you perceive the word "Policy" when you first hear it?
  • How receptive are you to policies implemented by your school/department?
  • As a student/employee, do you feel like you have a voice when it comes to the policy-making process?
  • What can your school/workplace do to receive more support from students/employees when it comes to implementing policies?
  • Do you feel that the policies implemented in your school/workplace align with UMMC's mission, vision, values, and goals?
  • Do you feel comfortable enough to ask questions or raise concerns to policies being implemented in your school/work environment?

Quote from UMMC faculty, employees, and students:

"As healthcare professionals, treating patients with respect who are of a different gender, orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic background should not be just part of a policy in systematic healthcare, but a practice in our everyday lives."

Antara Sharma
Graduate Student, Doctor of Physical Therapy
School of Health Related Professions
University of Mississippi Medical Center

This month recognizes:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month (Thursday, Sept. 15 -
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022)
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Medical Librarians Month
Health Literacy Month
National Healthcare Quality Week (Sunday, Oct. 16 -
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022)
National Health Education Week (Monday, Oct. 17 -
Friday, Oct. 21, 2022)


 Article: "Incorporating Stakeholder Perspectives
on Scarce Resource Allocation: Lessons
Learned from Policymaking in a Time of Crisis"


from Cambridge University Press