Black and African American
Vitans for Change

Vituity’s Black and African American Vitans for Change (BAAVC) is Vituity’s enterprise resource group dedicated to increasing representation and visibility of Black and African American clinicians and employees across the organization.

Vituity is proud to celebrate and amplify Black and African American voices in healthcare so that we may continue our mission to increase representation, foster diverse leaders of the next generation, and create a more equal and just healthcare system. In 2019 Vituity launched our Diversity and Inclusion Program, with a core value of championing diversity and fostering inclusion in the workplace and the communities we serve.

We strive to recognize and honor the struggles, strength, and perspectives of Black men and women inside and outside of Vituity, while creating pathways to careers and career advancement in healthcare.

The State of Black Health

BAAVC hosted an inspiring discussion on Black health and the social and economic barriers to health equity. Watch this video clip as ER physician and best-selling author, Sampson Davis, MD, shares his perspectives on stepping outside the healthcare walls into the community to talk about the COVID vaccine.


Spotlight on The Black Experience

Christopher Smith, MD
  • "I firmly believe that mentorship and networking are key for success in any field, both professionally and personally. Having someone to guide and assist you to navigate through a process alien to you can give mentees an advantage."

  • - Christopher Smith, MD
    Assistant Emergency Department Medical Director, Howard University Hospital & co-lead Vituity's BAAVC (Black African American Vitans for Change)

Quenyona Patterson, MHA
  • “Growing up in the foster care system, I lacked a sense of identity because I didn’t have a family to teach me my history or to share generational stories. With gaining a family through adoption, and adopting many friends as family; I’ve also gained a greater sense of identity. My Black family doesn’t fit the typical family makeup, but for me it has been a source of security, stability, and identity. I believe we all have a responsibility to maintain and rebuild the Black family; it is instrumental in our development as a society.”

  • - Quenyona Patterson, MHA
    EM Senior Practice Administrator and Regional Program Manager

Tasha Scott-Tomlinson, MD
  • “Young people need to see more than music and athletics as pathways to success.  They need to see more teachers, engineers, business owners, doctors, nurses, professors…  There are so many pathways to success that many youths do not even consider.  I would like us all to work together to promote our own success as an African American community at large.”

  • - Tasha Scott-Tomlinson, MD
    Hospitalist Medical Director