MDAFP STATEMENT ON HEALTH EQUITY AND RACISM
The MDAFP statement on health equity and racism is:
The purpose of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians (MDAFP) Health Equity and Racism Task Force is to recognize the negative impact of racism on healthcare and to implement high impact strategies to improve health equity for all Marylanders.
While racism has always undeniably impacted the health of marginalized communities and exacerbated health disparities, the historic events of 2020 have brought to national attention the true effects of racism as a public health crisis. From the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement to the clear inequalities in health outcomes in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) during the COVID-19 pandemic, the events of the past year have shown the urgent need for the medical community to address systemic racism and unconscious bias in the healthcare system. As family medicine physicians, we have a moral obligation to address racism and advocate for our patients.
The MDAFP Task Force aims to implement high impact strategies that provide our physicians with tools to combat racism in all segments of medicine.
President-Elect Shana Ntiri, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Chair of the Task Force on Health Equity and Racism, acknowledges the subgroup of this task force who thoughtfully worked on the MDAFP statement. Many thanks to the statement group for your fine work: co-chairs Chelsea McCabe, MD and Crystal Pristell, DO, Corey Boggs, MD and Richard Colgan, MD.
The board approved this statement on July 18, 2021, and the academy will continue to keep this important effort on the forefront of our minds as we carry our mission forward.