Kurt Schroer, DO, shares how his personal experience in the LGBTQ+ community has helped him be a better healthcare provider and break down barriers.
ACOFP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force member Carol A. Penn, DO, MA, ABOM, FACOFP, defines what it means to be an anti-racist, ally, activist and accomplice and encourages healthcare professionals to move themselves along the path to anti-racism.
ACOFP Governor LTC Derrick Sorweide, DO, FACOFP, shares his personal experience serving in the military and reflects on the true meaning of Memorial Day.
ACOFP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force member DeAundre Dyer, DO, shares how osteopathic physicians can lead change in the medical community and address social determinants of health by embracing advocacy.
What does it mean to treat the whole person, not just the disease?
These intolerable acts of Asian hate have actually happened to others in this country, and I can no longer wait. It is time for me to speak up and act. It is time for everyone to speak up and act.
What is innovation? At the core, it is a concept that refers to an individual or organization developing new ideas, enacting new processes or taking a different approach to an existing plan. It is not just a buzzword; it is a necessary component to remain relevant and successful.
When I was elected to the ACOFP Board of Governors in 2013, I “diversified” our Board by being a 39-year-old white female. At that time and until now, there have only been five women elected as Governor to the ACOFP Board in its 70-year history. Similarly, there has only been a handful under the age of 40, much less anyone with three children under 10. At the time, my addition to the Board was significant for what it represented as a change in our specialty college’s future leadership. I realize now that it was just one minor step in the direction that was needed—not only for ACOFP but also for our profession, the patients we care for and our collective communities.
We need to have empathy for the diverse situations faced by our patients and work to find ways to break down the barriers to acceptable health care for all—in particular, our underserved and underrepresented populations.
A raid at the Stonewall Inn created momentum for the LGBTQI community, leading us to Pride Month, which is celebrated across the country in June of each year. During this month events and parades are held celebrating the LGBTQI community and the progressive changes of subsequent decades.
We have a racist among us and it is not a person. It has no particular involvement with any political party. This racist has crept in an insinuated itself into our homes, our schools, our workplaces and where our most vulnerable live, like nursing homes. Health disparities can be caused by economic status, race, close living conditions, limited access to continuous health care, geography, lack of green space and a paucity of healthy food access.