Celebrating Black History Month
Medline recognizes healthcare achievements of African American clinicians and scientists
By Medline Newsroom Staff | February 1, 2022
In honor of Black History Month, Medline is celebrating the healthcare discoveries, innovations and powerful contributions of African American clinicians and scientists.
The 2022 theme for the annual national observance is “Black Health and Wellness.” A new video honors Black medical practitioners and scholars for their healthcare “achievements that helped move America and the world forward.” They include Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, who performed the first successful open heart surgery in 1893; Dr. Jane Cooke Wright, a pioneer in the development of chemotherapy; Otis Boykin, inventor of the pacemaker control unit; and Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, a Harvard immunologist who was instrumental in the development of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19.
The video is among the Black History Month educational events and resources created by Medline’s Black Employee Network, a group of Black employees and allies that aim to create and nurture an inclusive workforce. The Black Employee Network is also sponsoring a February 17 webinar – open to customers, employees and the public – on disparities in healthcare, an employee discussion on inclusive products and partnerships, and a virtual jeopardy game focused on Black history.
Black History Month “is a time for all Americans to celebrate the contributions and achievements of Black people in our society while reflecting upon the continued struggle for racial justice and equity that is still present in our world today,” said Alex Liberman, general counsel and Black Employee Network executive sponsor.
Learn more about how Medline is committed to inclusion and diversity.