Get To Know: Dr. Hayley Harvey | Broadlawns Celebrates Black History Month

This Black History Month, Broadlawns is celebrating by highlighting a few of the many amazing Black colleagues who make an impact every day at our hospital.

Dr. Hayley Harvey

Job Title

Dental Clinic Section Chief and Director of Dental Education.

Tell us about what you do in a typical day.

As Section Chief and Director of Dental Education a typical day for me includes, but is not limited to, providing direct dental care to patients, working collaboratively with the Director of the Clinic and the support staff, attending Broadlawns committee meetings, representing Broadlawns on local boards, serving as the liaison between Broadlawns and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Additionally, I provide clinical instruction to learners that includes senior dental students from the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry, DMACC dental assisting students, FHC residents taking electives in the Department of Oral Medicine, T.E.A.C.H interns and new chair-side assistants. I ensure that the mission of the department of oral medicine is a focus of each teams’ daily work. Lastly, I am also a wife (32 years) and a mother of two daughters, Hannah (19 years) and Hadley (13 years) so I incorporate their needs into my typical day as well.

How long have you worked at Broadlawns?

I have been fortunate enough to work at Broadlawns for nineteen years in July.

What attracted you to a career in healthcare?

I credit my parents for planting the seeds of dentistry in me. As a young child I witnessed my mother arrive home in a taxi cab. I turned to my dad and asked, why did my mother take a taxi? He replied, “Because she had to have all of her teeth pulled out.” I was struck by that statement, but was not prepared for what happened next. She entered the apartment, walked passed us and went into her bedroom to lay down! My mother laying down during the day time was unconceivable and apparently indelible. Since 3rd grade I goaled to become a dentist and feel incredibly blessed to have been supported, encouraged, and validated as a dentist of twenty-seven years.

What do you like about working at Broadlawns?

The mission of Broadlawns has been modified over the eighteen plus years that I have practiced here, but the guiding principles of striving to build a healthy community through the delivery of accessible, cost-effective and high quality patient care has been consistent which is congruent with my personal mission of being a dental public health professional.

Name Black Americans you admire and think people should learn more about.

James Baldwin, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Mae Jemison, Michelle Obama and Stacey Abrams

What books by Black authors do you recommend?

  1. The Future of the Race by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cornel West
  2. Quiet Strength by Rosa Parks
  3. Race Rules by Michael Eric Dyson
  4. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E. B. Dubois
  5. Believe by Desmond Tutu
  6. With Head and Heart by Howard Thurman
  7. Open Wide The Freedom Gates by Dorothy I. Height
  8. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  9. The Bluest Eye’s by Toni Morrison
  10. African American Women Scientists and Inventors by James Haskin and Otha Richard Sullivan

What does it mean to be an inclusive healthcare provider?

To be an inclusive healthcare provider means to apply all the didactic, practical and clinical training that you received and have honed over time to your patients as accurately, efficiently and attentive to ALL who you are so fortunate to encounter as a healthcare provider.

What ways do you challenge/invite others to honor Black history, this month and beyond?

I would challenge/invite others to expand their perception of what it means to be Black in America. In addition to reading some of the aforementioned books, one may consider watching a variety of documentaries that attempt to tell the stories beyond what may have been taught in our formative institutions of learning. The Public Broadcasting Service is a great resource and recently hosted a series called, “The American Experience: the Black Church” and “The Talk: Race in America”.