Dorcas Lind is president and founder of Diversity Health Communications, which offers custom strategies and initiatives to address diversity and inclusion within the organization, across key stakeholders and with customers whether they be employees, patients, students or consumers. Before establishing Diversity Health Communications, she held leadership roles at several health care public relations firms including WCG, Ogilvy, and Edelman. In addition to client work, Lind served as communications strategist for the Ogilvy Diversity Council and worked to ensure an inclusive and diverse “workplace of the future.” This work included planning and execution of the Diversity & Inclusion strategic plan, Diversity & Inclusion communications, agency-wide employee resource groups and events, mentoring programs such as the Women’s Leadership Series, the Multicultural Summer Internship program, and diversity recruiting initiatives.

She has held key roles with Johnson & Johnson, the Institute for Reproductive Health Policy Studies at the University of California at San Francisco, the San Francisco Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and the Mayor’s Office of Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Services in New York City. Lind obtained an M.P.H. from the University of California at Berkeley, a B.A. with honors in Health & Society from Brown University and completed postgraduate professional training at the University of Chicago and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Authored by Dorcas Lind, M.P.H.


Definitions Matter: Building a Shared Language for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion terms for the field of Health Services Research

In support of the work and recommendations by the Advisory Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in HSR, AcademyHealth is pleased to release an initial glossary of DEI terms and concepts. This document is a starting point that aims to encourage a shared language for community discourse about DEI.