UVM Health Network DEI Commitment

The UVM Health Network is dedicated to creating a workplace that is diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive for our employees, patients and communities we serve. This commitment will be included in all strategies and policies and will represent who we are as an organization.

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Our Patients and Families

We will work to create a more equitable, accessible, and inclusive care environment in order to provide high-quality health care to our diverse communities.

Our priorities include:

  • Identifying and establishing processes to address disparities in health outcomes, and to advance health equity.
  • Improving timely, appropriate access to health care services.
  • Fostering cultural awareness and humility among providers and staff.
  • Developing and reviewing Network policies and practices related to equity and inclusion of patients, families, and visitors.

Our People

We will work to create a more equitable, accessible, and inclusive environment for providers and staff, in order to promote a culture of belonging and attract and retain a talented and committed workforce.

Our priorities include:

  • Identifying and creating opportunities to better support our diverse workforce.
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion will be embedded in recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Standardizing all Network internal policies through a DEI lens.
  • Providing diversity, equity and inclusion education for all employees Network-wide.

Our Communities

We will work collaboratively to create more inclusive and sustainable local economies; to help address systemic barriers to health; and to support health and well-being in our communities.

Our priorities include:

  • Addressing structural determinants of health, advancing equity and keeping our communities as healthy as possible.
  • Influencing local hiring, purchasing and investment to create equitable economic impact.
  • Focusing our Health Network Boards on community needs and barriers to health.
  • Working with community partners to identify and address health priorities and being transparent in our communication.
  • Working to build trust by acknowledging historical inequities in health care.


Marissa Coleman (She/Her), VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The University of Vermont Medical Center

Marissa N. Coleman, PsyD is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She is a practicing bilingual, clinical psychologist with a specialty in International Psychology and Human Rights. Additionally, Dr. Coleman serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami; followed by her postdoctoral fellowship at Emory School of Medicine. With her background in creating culturally grounded healing spaces, Dr. Coleman’s work emphasizes psychological safety, liberation theory, and centering the role of community in systemic change.

Her career in healthcare spans domestically and internationally with focus areas in program development, monitoring and reporting, participatory action research, DEI strategic planning, and cultivating holistic educational experiences. Dr. Coleman continues to work in multiple international contexts, particularly working with individuals and communities disaffected by human rights violations, conflict/war, torture, health epidemics, and trauma.

Guadalupe Martinez (She/Her), Network Diversity Director

The University of Vermont Health Network

Guadalupe is a Mexican/American millennial who emigrated from Sonora, Mexico to Arizona with her family at a young age. Thankfully, because of her DACA status, she received her Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Arizona in the spring of 2022.

Her lived experiences of food adversity, house instability, and health disparities propelled her to become a DEI professional in 2018 at Banner Health, a large integrated health system, where she had the opportunity to be one of the founders of their Diversity and Inclusion department. During her time there, Guadalupe co-led and established Employee Resource Groups, facilitated Unconscious Bias, Macroaggressions, and LGBTQ+ Health 101 across clinical and non-clinical teams, and fostered community relationships, all aimed to tackle health disparities.

She was fortunate to join the University of Vermont Health Network as their first Network Diversity Director, in March of 2022 where her focus is cultivating a culture of belonging and addressing health equity. In her short time with the network, Guadalupe has delivered DEI and LGBTQIA+ care training to leadership at multiple hospitals and agency, is spearheading policies aimed at creating more equitable processes for staff, patients, and communities alike, and is collaborating with key network partners to identify DEI metrics and data. She is excited to continue serving marginalized and underserved populations by fostering a culture of innovation, belonging and equity across the communities that the University of Vermont Health Network operates in and serves.

Erin Armstrong (She/Her), Director, Community Health Improvement

The University of Vermont Health Network

Erin Armstrong is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and experienced leader. After graduating from St. Michael’s College she completed two years of AmeriCorps VISTA, and worked at alternative schools before graduating from Bryn Mawr College of Social Work in 2006. In her early years as a social worker, she worked with many people experiencing systemic barriers. She has since provided oversight and supervision of several therapeutic, case management and residential programs for individuals experiencing mental illness.

Since 2017, she has held a variety of leadership positions at the UVM Medical Center, shifting from directly connecting people to the care they need, to addressing some of the upstream factors that lead to the barriers and injustices people face. Erin currently leads a team of talented individuals who work closely alongside community partners to address community priorities, health literacy, and the development of health equity initiatives. She is excited to bring her knowledge, build new partnerships, and highlight the voice of the community to make a greater impact on all of the areas served by the UVMHN.

We're thrilled to have been able to celebrate Pride Month together.

“It’s difficult to put into words the feelings of positive energy that came from marching with everyone at this year's Burlington Pride Parade and Festival. It’s our way of acknowledging past wrongs, a recognition of the progress we as a society and organization are making, and a reminder of the positive things that are to come. Being able to join you all to celebrate a group of people who are being their authentic selves was amazing.”

- LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group