The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on communities of color uncovered the deeply embedded structural racism that exists in the U.S. The pandemic, coupled with the highly visible murder of George Floyd that shocked the collective global consciousness, exposed the reality that structural racism and bias are global issues. We are now called to enter into deliberate dialogue about white privilege, power sharing dynamics, opening access to medical education for communities of color and delivering equitable solutions regarding the social determinants of health. With these objective in mind, in June 2020, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) successfully created The Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Task Force to have a role in leading this dialogue and building a coalition of diverse individuals, organizations and institutions to address these needs.
PhD, PA, DC,
Charles R. Drew Univ of Medicine and Science