February is Black History Month, and this year's theme, Black Health and Wellness, highlights the history of Black health care clinicians while bringing awareness to health inequities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
To mark this occasion, ACEP has collected resources from its education offerings and publication archives to provide insights into Black Health and Wellness from the emergency medicine perspective.
ACEP's Diversity, Inclusion & Health Equity Section provides a forum for members of the College to develop a knowledge base, share information, receive and give counsel, and serve as a resource to others interested in this area of emergency medicine. DIHE and EMRA have partnered together on a Diversity Mentoring Initiative.
On a new episode of the ACEP Frontline podcast, we celebrate Black History Month and diversity in emergency medicine. Drs. Ray Johnson and Sandra Coker, prominent physician members of the ACEP family, share their experiences and challenges working in emergency medicine. Dr. Johnson has been an active ACEP member for more than 30 years, serving in leadership roles with the ACEP Board of Directors and ABEM. Dr. Coker is an EM resident who founded Black Girl White Coat, a nonprofit providing guidance, representation, mentorship, and scholarship for aspiring health care students and professionals who identify as Black or Latinx.
Education & Tools
- Point-of-care tool: Managing Sickle Cell Disease in the ED
- Webinar: Sickle Cell Disease: Morbidity, Mortality, and Emergency Management
- Resource library collected by the ED Sickle Cell Care Coalition
- Free e-CME course: Unconscious Bias in Clinical Practice
- Abstract Session: Disparities and Public Health
- Webinar -- This is Our Shot: How EM Docs Can Empower Patients to End the Pandemic
- A Q&A with Dr. John Lumpkin, a Pioneer in EM (ACEP Now, 2019)
- Three EM Icons Offer Advice for Overcoming Diversity & Inclusion Challenges (ACEP Now, 2017)
You can find an archive of articles related to Black Health and Wellness dating back to 2016 on the ACEP Now website, but here are a few recent highlights:
- Addressing Bias, Racism and Disparities in the Emergency Department (2021)
- Moving from Race-Based to Race-Conscious Care (2021)
- Pulse Oximetry, Race and COVID-19 (2021)
- Diversity Should Be a Priority (2020)
Annals of Emergency Medicine
Annals continues to add to its Equity in Health Care collection, but here's a quick preview of some recent articles:
- The Time Is Now: Racism and the Responsibility of Emergency Medicine to Be Antiracist (2021)
- Dear White People in Emergency Medicine (2021)
- A Survey-Based Needs Assessment of Barriers to Optimal Sickle Cell Disease Care in the Emergency Department (2020)
- Addressing the Urgent Need for Racial Diversification in Emergency Medicine (2020)
- Factors associated with clinical severity in emergency department patients presenting with symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection (2021)
- Diversity pipelines: The rationale to recruit and support minority physicians (2021)
- Overcoming barriers to promotion for women and underrepresented in medicine faculty in academic emergency medicine (2021)