COLLECTIVE ACTION ADDRESSING RACISM: In Solidarity with the aapi community
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
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
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.
Obstetrics and Gynecology: Collective Action Addressing Racism
August 27, 2020
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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:
- 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.
- 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
- Support Women’s Research Funding at the National Institute of Health