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Podcast: Racism as a public health issue
As the world continues to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, society is confronting another pandemic: racism. Racism is embedded and woven into the historical fabric of the nation and finds itself throughout health care. From forced, unconsenting sterilization of Black women in the early 1900's (and among women in ICE detention in 2020) to segregated medical treatment by race and ethnicity, it is time for us to reckon with our history and work toward the structural changes necessary toward health equity. As health professionals and members of the health professionals training institutions, we must explore and embrace the difficult yet necessary work that is required of us to achieve health equity. This edition of the BFA newsletter will focus on the mission driven work being done to advance our work in dismantling structural racism and advancing racial justice in health professions education.
Beyond Flexner Alliance News
A note from the BFA Conference Steering Committee
The Beyond Flexner Alliance, A.T. Still University, and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University are very pleased to announce that we will be moving the April 2021 conference to a virtual platform and we will continue to partner and co-host the next 2022 Beyond Flexner Conference in-person in Phoenix, AZ. Please hold these dates:
April 26-28, 2021
2021 Beyond Flexner Virtual Conference
March 28-30, 2022
2022 Beyond Flexner Conference
Watch your e-mails and the Beyond Flexner Alliance Website for updates and registration in the next few weeks. If you registered for the 2020 conference and/or had an abstract accepted, we will also be following up and providing more information in the next few weeks.
Announcing New BFA Director
Beyond Flexner Alliance is thrilled to announce our inaugural Director! A Senior Fellow in the 2017 cohort of the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity, Toyese Oyeyemi previously served as a Health Extension Regional Officer and researcher at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. As director of the Beyond Flexner Alliance, Toyese will be focused on connecting leaders in healthcare, encouraging new practices of global learning within the alliance, and engaging a broader and more inclusive set of social mission stakeholders and programming. Please join us in welcoming Toyese!
Thank you BFA Interns
Our warmest thanks to our five inaugural BFA summer interns who joined our team. Thank you Sarah Schmitt, Bianka Aceves Martin, Autumn Nobles, Geoffrey Broadbent, and Jaileessa Casimir, for your contributions to our community-building projects! If you are interested in our internship or volunteer opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Beyond Flexner Alliance co-sponsored the second annual Fitzhugh Mullan Summit on Health Workforce Equity on Structural Racism and Health Professions Education on October 29, 2020. The Summit’s goal was to identify institutional/structural barriers that hinder greater diversity of the health workforce and actions to reduce the identified barriers. A recording of the Summit can be found on the Mullan Institute website.
Recently the House Ways and Means Committee announced a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting input on the misuse of race within clinical care. Read BFA's comments here.
BFA Publications and Webinars
White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL)
Chinelo Onyilofor, MPH is a 4th-year medical student at The George Washington University School of Medicine and an executive board member of GW’s White Coats for Black Lives Chapter. Within the chapter, Chinelo co-leads the curriculum pillar which focuses on how to include anti-racist ideals within the medical curriculum. In the future, Chinelo hopes to pursue a career in internal medicine, focusing on health equity as well as the intersection of global health and cardiovascular diseases.
White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) is a medical student-run organization seeking to dismantle racism in medicine and promote the health, well-being, and self-determination of people of color. The organization functions under the guidance of three goals: (1) Foster dialogue on racism as a public health concern, (2) End racial discrimination in medical care, (3) Prepare future physicians to be advocates for racial justice. WC4BL not only advocates for the delivery of culturally competent health care, but also for the medical profession to disrupt systemic racism. WC4BL developed a racial justice report card consisting of metrics to evaluate an academic center’s commitment to fighting racism in medicine. How does your institution compare? White Coats 4 Black Lives 2019 Racial Justice Report Card
Social Mission Champion Spotlight: Want to Share Your Innovative Work with the BFA Community?
The Beyond Flexner Alliance wants to highlight your work! We highlight individuals and projects that embody the Beyond Flexner Alliance goal of promoting a social mission in the health professions and want to share the different ways in which you are building equity in education, research, service, policy, and practice. To submit your project please complete this form.
Race and Health Profession's Education Resources