January 18-22, 2016
The HEWA Organizing Committee is promoting the following definition of health equity to emphasize the justice we are striving to achieve:
The resolution of systematic disparities in health between social groups who have different levels of underlying social advantage and disadvantage positions in a social hierarchy (P. Braveman & S. Gruskin, 2003)
The Health Equity Week of Action (HEWA) is an annual week-long event that focuses on raising awareness about the health disparities that exist across racial, ethnic, cultural, and social groups. HEWA utilizes a variety of interactive and innovative events to inform and inspire the actions needed to eradicate such health inequities.
Racism in Medicine–From Knowledge to Action
This year’s theme for HEWA was focused on various aspects surrounding race in medicine. We focused on building a foundation for action throughout the week with recorded webinars available for screening at your chapter, a national discussion on Race and Medicine, and tool-kits available to help you mobilize your chapter to improve the admissions policies at your home institution to reflect diversity in our workforce.
Ready, Set, Action
HEWA 2016 took place January 18-22. We had a successful week of interactive, informative, and entertaining events with webinars, discussion materials, and project ideas. Check out some of the events from this year’s HEWA below.
January 18: Naming and Addressing Racism: Primer
- Camara Jones – Gardener’s analogy (TED Talk)
- We are kicking off HEWA with a TEDx talk by Dr. Camara Jones titled “Allegories on Racism”. Her narratives serve as a framework for understanding racism, race associated differences in health and the interventions needed to eliminate these differences. Dr. Camara Jones shares four allegories on “race” and racism. She hopes that these “telling stories” will empower you to do something different, and that you will remember them and pass them on. This talk opens our dialogue for the week and we hope you will join us!
January 19: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study and Today’s Implications
- Dr. James Jones author of “Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment”
- James H. Jones is the Distinguished Alumni Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Arkansas. He was Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Houston during the 1980s and 1990s. Professor Jones received his Ph.D. in American social and intellectual history from Indiana University. He has held fellowships from the Grant Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, Harvard University, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Jones is the author of Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, A Tragedy of Race and Medicine, which received the Arthur Viseltear Award from the American Public Health Association and was selected by the editors of The New York Times “Book Review” as one of the 12 “Best Books” published in 1981. Bad Blood became a bioethics classic and the Tuskegee experiment a landmark case that shaped the current regulatory framework. Jones’ second book, Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life, was one of two finalists for the Pulitizer Prize in biography. His articles and book reviews have appeared in publications as diverse as The New Yorker and The Hastings Report, and he has appeared on “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show.” His non-academic passions are baseball and fishing. Jones lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Linda Auwers, and their Toy Poodle, Toby.
- “Lessons from History: A Look at the Tuskegee Syphilis Study” podcast episode from the John Cowley Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities by SUNY Downstate
January 20: Stepping Ahead: A Guide to Organizing Actions on Campus
- WhiteCoats4BlackLives (WC4BL) Student Leader – Jonathan Gomez M.D. Candidate, 2019 David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
- Listen to the recorded conversation here.
January 21: Live Webinar (passed) Racial Bias Linked to Unequal Treatment: Inequities in Access, Quality, and Care
- Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH – Deputy Director, The Disparities Solutions Center
- Click here to download a pdf of the presentation
- Watch the recorded webinar here.
- In her role as Deputy Director at the Disparities Solutions Center, Aswita Tan-McGrory is a key member of the senior management team and supervises the broad portfolio of projects and administration of the Center. These include a collaboration with Center of Quality and Safety at MGH to develop the Annual Report on Equity in Healthcare Quality to analyze key quality measures stratified by race, ethnicity, and language; the Boston Public Health Commission on developing and implementing a city-wide disparities dashboard; and the Pediatric Health Equity Collaborative to develop recommendations on collecting race, ethnicity and language from pediatric patients. Ms. Tan-McGrory also oversees the Disparities Leadership Program, an executive-level leadership program on how to address disparities. In addition, she works closely with the Director to chart the DSC’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the Center’s services.Her interests are in providing equitable care to underserved populations and she has over 19 years of professional experience in the areas of disparities, maternal/child health, elder homelessness, and HIV testing and counseling. She received her Master of Business Administration from Babson College and her Master of Science in Public Health, with a concentration in tropical medicine and parasitology, from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Ms. Tan-McGrory is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer where she spent 2 years in rural Nigeria, West Africa, on water sanitation and Guinea Worm Eradication projects.
We hope your local AMSA chapter organized a viewing party for members at your school to allow more people to take advantage of this great opportunity. Send us your viewing party pictures on our facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/AMSAREACH
January 22 and beyond: Words to Action- Collaboration with SNMA, LMSA, WC4BL
- Use the Step-by-Step Guide below based on WC4BL #ActionsSpeakLouder guide to arrange a meeting with your dean to change you admissions policy to create a class representative of the American people: at least 13% Black students, 1% Native American students, and 17% Latino students.
- Step-by-Step Action Guide–Set up a meeting with your Dean!