In Solidarity: Physicians Condemning Racism of All Kind
In Solidarity: Nationwide Physicians Condemning Racism of All Kind
A Message from SDCMS President Holly Yang
Earlier this week, our Executive Committee released a statement against racial injustice [READ HERE]. We know our community is hurting and that words are important, but do not suffice. Many of us are asking what we can do as individuals and as a health care community to create change in ourselves and our systems. Here are some resources we are aware of that may help us all to listen, learn, and act with compassion to create change.
- Pause to remember. You may have seen photos of physicians in Sacramento, Indiana, and other communities peacefully protesting and using the Twitter hashtag #whitecoats4blacklives this week. Across the country, on Friday, June 5th at 10 AM PDT many physicians and other healthcare workers are going outside to kneel in silence or pausing individually in their place of work for 8 min 46 seconds in remembrance of George Floyd and others who died due to racial injustice. These groups have all required social distancing and masks.
- Explore your own implicit bias using Harvard’s Project Implicit.
- Watch the short Special Report: Police Brutality Must Stop video from AMA June 1, 2020 featuring current AMA President Patrice Harris, MD MA and Chair of the AMA Board of Trustees, Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD MPH.
- Watch health equity panel discussions from AMA hosted by their Chief Health Equity Officer Aletha Maybank, MD MPH and follow their YouTube channel for new videos on the subject:
- Learn about health equity and chronic disease from the CDC.
- Review this list of racial equity in healthcare resources from racialequitytools.org.
- Read a book or article from one of these lists on racism and bias in healthcare or health equity:
- Support efforts to teach health equity and encourage more underrepresented minority students to consider health care as a profession. Some examples:
- Help your patients talk to their kids about racism, resources from American Academy of Pediatrics:
This is clearly a non–exhaustive list. If you have other resources for physicians on these topics, please share them with us.
Holly Yang, MD, MSHPEd, HMDC, FACP, FAAHPM
President, San Diego County Medical Society