AMWA Anti-Racism Committee
AMWA is launching a new committee to address racism in medicine and help carry out the 11-step action plan in our commitment statement. Share your expertise, passion, and time to help in this effort or simply get involved to learn more about the issue. You may also use this form to suggest resources to add to our webpage.
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AMWA INTERNAL REVIEW: 1. Review and where necessary, update our organizational policies to ensure that they are anti-racist. 2. Incorporate a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens, with a focus on anti-racism, into each of our committees and initiatives with the goal of preventing and undoing racism.
CURRICULUM: 1. Deconstruct the notion of race as a biological determinant in health, science, and medicine. 2. Advocate for the inclusion, in medical schools and residency programs, of a curriculum on social determinants of health, impact of racism on health, and racism in medicine. 3. Build a curriculum for physicians and students who do not identify as BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) to learn and participate in antiracism work. 4. Provide training to physicians and students on racism, bias, and active allyship.
SUPPORT: Expand opportunities for Black women to become physicians and realize their career aspirations.
POLICE BRUTALITY: Advocate for law enforcement accountability and transparency in reporting and banning of deadly force as a restraint method (e.g. neck restraints).
ADVOCACY: 1. Advocate for policies and actions that eliminate racism within our healthcare system. 2. Advocate for accountability at the institutional, state, and national level. 3. Advocate for government recognition of racism as a public health crisis at both the state and federal levels and for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to commit to studying the health effects of racism. ·
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