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JOINT STATEMENT

COLLECTIVE ACTION ADDRESSING RACISM: In Solidarity with the aapi community    
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April 5, 2021

Our organizations, which represent the members of leading medical organizations, condemn the killings, violence, abuse, racism, and bias aimed at people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic has only been compounded by this violence and persecution.  This racism, bias, and abuse must stop.

As leaders in women’s health care, we recognize that the recent violence targeted toward the Asian American and Pacific Islander community — in all its breadth and diversity — has disproportionately affected women. According to the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center, Asian American and Pacific Islander women reported hate incidents 2.3 times more often than men.  Reports reflect intersecting race-based and gender-based discrimination and violence.

As experts in science and medicine, we condemn the rumors and conspiracies that target Asian American and Pacific Islander people.  Last year, many of our organizations issued a Collective Action Addressing Racism in obstetrics and gynecology in which we acknowledged that committing to a better future requires an honest examination of the past and present. The pattern of bias, discrimination, racism, and violence targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, particularly related to falsehoods around public health crises, is not new and has deep historical roots. With respect to women’s health care in particular, research suggests the United States has a history of coerced and/or forced sterilizations of Japanese-American women in incarceration camps. It is also important to acknowledge and confront the broad hypersexualization of Asian American women in the United States.  We disavow the dehumanization of Asian American and Pacific Islander women, which positions them as targets for abuse.

We are grateful to advocates and activists in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community who are leading efforts to confront bias, racism, stereotyping, and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. We commit to supporting and amplifying the necessary and transformative work; looking inward to ensure that our organizations do not perpetuate harmful and negative stereotypes; and working with partners toward ensuring the safety and well-being of Asian American and Pacific Islander people. This process includes building and reinforcing allyship across generations, races and ethnicities, and genders.

 

JOINT STATEMENT

Obstetrics and Gynecology: Collective Action Addressing Racism       

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August 27, 2020

As our nation confronts systemic racism and consequences of persistent inequities and disparate outcomes in health care, our organizations—which include the leading professional organizations in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology—are committed to changing the culture of medicine, eliminating racism and racial inequities that lead to disparate health outcomes, and promoting equity in women’s health and health care. Our commitment to a better future requires an honest examination of the past and the present...

...Our organizations recognize that these actions require sustained, intentional commitment. We also recognize that to embark on this work will require team-based approaches with measurable goals and accountability structures. We also recognize that while these initial actions are a starting point, more work will need to be done. Through active listening, discernment, and humility, we will—individually and collectively—expand upon these actions and objectives as we undertake a commitment to embrace antiracism, learn and unlearn, change the culture of medicine, and eliminate racism and racial bias in the delivery of women’s health care. 




ACOOG Advocacy Update  

Jodi Benett, DO
June 28, 2020

I am excited to update the ACOOG community about this committee and improved advocacy awareness. As chair of the Government Affairs Committee, I am a bridge between the ACOOG and ACOG. I want to help fulfill one of President Woodman’s presidential initiatives of advocacy by promoting a message of:
     

YOUR VOICE MATTERS! YOUR ACTION MATTERS!

This committee was increased to 12 positions as part of the ACOOG Strategic Plan and initiative of Past President and loyal women’s health advocate, Dr. Dardarian.  Geographic representation on the committee has been expanded to enhance a more regional view of current health policies and awareness.  I apologize in the delay in this message, but the timing of the conference was the precipice of the COVID-19 pandemic.

First, a review of the year.  There was a kick off meeting January 22, 2020, to set the agenda for the new year and to raise enthusiasm for the AGOG Congressional Leadership Conference that took place March 8-10 in Washington DC. Attendees this year included Jodi Benett DO, Thomas Dardarian DO, Guy Sneed DO and Harika Kantamneni, DO (Gelhaus Fellow). 

The following summarizes the 2020 Commitment to Action Policy:

  • Drive policy action to promote health equity in access to care and health outcomes
  • Ensure the care obstetrician-gynecologists provide is valued, equitable, and fair
  • Have a meaningful impact in the 2020 election cycle

Over the three days of this exciting conference, there are lectures on the current ASKS, along with lessons on how to advocate effectively, meaningfully, and efficiently. On the third day, attendees met with their local US Congress Representatives and Senators to discuss specific policies.  The three ASKS for 2020 were:

  1. Enhance awareness of Maternal Mortality, and to extend Medicaid Coverage for 12 months Postpartum. In the House to support HR 4996, HR 4995 and in the Senate to introduce companion bills.
  2. Cut Maternal Mortality Rates, not Maternity Care, Stop Payment Reductions for Obstetric Care, by signing on to a letter to the CMS to correct an oversight in payment policy
  3. Support Women’s Research Funding at the National Institute of Health



































































Dr. Jodi Benett had the honor of introducing
US Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01)