Our Commitment to Ending Racial Bias and Inequity
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Recently, we have made some important realizations. We have watched protests for racial justice and equality across the nation. We have felt the need to look critically inward as well as to make changes to our business. We’ve taken time these last few days to stop talking and just listen.
These past several years we have been working to advance healthcare for women by addressing gender bias at the doctor’s office. However, we have not done enough to address racial disparities and institutional racism in the healthcare system.
When we say women deserve better healthcare—this must mean ALL women. If we do not take action now, our mission is incomplete.
We have begun work on a plan of action. In the short term, it looks like this:
- We will come together as an organization to address our own biases and begin to do the work we need to continue to foster an anti-racist culture. We will engage a diversity consultant to guide us as we review our core values and develop a Diversity and Inclusion statement for both Ms.Medicine and Lisa Larkin, MD, and Associates. We would like to address our goals and commitments to our team, our partners and our patients to ensure Ms.Medicine and Lisa Larkin, MD, and Associates embrace diversity in all we do. We plan to do this as soon as we can schedule, by no later than the end of July.
- We will expand our advisory group to ensure we are including much-needed provider perspective from people of color by the end of July.
- We will ensure our clinician-facing pilot curriculum provides evidence-based training about health disparities face by women of color. Our pilot begins this fall.
- We will expand and diversify our marketing and communications to ensure we are adequately representing people of color when appropriate. In the immediate short term, we will use our platforms to elevate and amplify the messages of those working to end racial disparity, especially in healthcare and care for women.
- We will provide a number of scholarship concierge memberships for women who cannot afford the concierge fee at our participating practices, covered by the corporate organization. We’ll encourage our providers to use their scholarship slots to match our support and to consider using these scholarships for women of color.
We will listen, learn and act with intention.
This is not a perfect plan, but it is the beginning.
Lastly, the Lisa Larkin, MD, and Associates team also plans to “take a moment of silence” Friday (6/5) at 1 p.m. EST to show our solidarity with the racial disparity movement and demonstrate our commitment as #Whitecoatsforblacklives. If you have the opportunity to do so in your own practice, I encourage you to consider. If you are not a clinician, there are many other ways you can show your support, listen and learn more. I’ve found this list of resources very helpful.
Thank you for being a part of this mission.
Lisa Larkin, MD, FACP, NCMP. IF
Founder + CEO, Ms.Medicine
Lisa Larkin, MD, and Associates