KP Health Equity and Access Team (HEAT), 6/17

In case you missed this event, here’s a video of Kaiser’s Heath Equity and Access Team’s (HEAT) June 17th presentation, “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Economy, Health Care, Racism, and Equity” featuring WAFP leadership!

Coffee and Discussion – 6/20 – Disproportionate Impacts of COVID-19

If you weren’t able to join us on Saturday for an incredibly informative and inspiring discussion with Dr. Julian Perez, of Sea Mar Community Health Centers and Edwin Lindo, JD, UWSOM Dept. of Family Medicine faculty, here is a link to view the recording. Their presentation was focused on disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 and social determinants of health from a community health context, including lots of great information about what providers can do to combat racial inequities in the health care system.

Black Lives Matter

The Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) stands with our national organization, the American Academy of Family Physicians, in condemning all forms of racism, especially anti-Black racism, which is a public health crisis and one of the strongest contributors to health and social inequities. Furthermore, the WAFP calls out law enforcement violence as a public health issue disproportionately affecting Blacks and other people of color and marginalized populations. No one should should live in constant fear of harm and death because of their race. Black lives and communities matter, and we recognize how racism and police violence negatively impact our members, patients, and communities.

As family physicians, we are uniquely committed to comprehensively caring for the physical and psychological well-being of individuals in the context of their families and communities. We are well aware of the long-standing and severe effects that systemic racism has caused for Blacks and other people of color over centuries, which has led to disproportionately high rates of diabetes, heart disease, infant mortality, and recently, COVID-19, among many other health conditions. Moreover, we acknowledge that as participants in the healthcare system, we have played a role in contributing to these inequities. We commit to actively working to dismantle racism and to eliminate inequities through focused advocacy, collaborations and conversations with other healthcare organizations and community partners, member education, and efforts to develop a diverse physician workforce reflective of the populations we serve.

We look forward to engaging with our members and the greater community to collectively work towards achieving our vision: Thriving family physicians, and healthy people and communities throughout Washington State.

Read the AAFP’s statement condemning all forms of racism.

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