Plenary Session 3 - LIVE STREAM
2021 Presidential Address: Change in Our Communities
This session will explore the various communities in which hand and upper extremity therapists are emerged. We will also examine opportunities within these identified communities to make change and improve health equity.
- Learners will identify and reflect upon communities in which they are members.
- Learners will recognize individual learning they can engage in to provide culturally competent care.
- Learners will identify concepts and activities they can support within their communities to promote improved health equity.
ASHT Presidential Invited: Our American Dilemma: Placing an Equity Lens of the Quest for Diversity and Inclusion
With the backdrop of the protests over police brutality against minorities in 2020, and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic which unveiled marked health disparities, Dr. Will Ross will talk about the ongoing struggle to achieve inclusivity and diversity in healthcare and its relationship to the goal of health equity for all. Dr. Ross argues that as public health leaders have declared the epidemic of gun violence in America a public health threat, they must similarly call out the root cause of injustice in the criminal justice system and the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the African American, Latino, and Native American populations. Embracing racism as a public health crisis requires affirming racism as a structural determinant of health and developing a strategic plan to unravel and excise it from the fabric of our community.
- Understand the dynamic nature of pluralism, cultural diversity, and inclusion as it relates to resolution of health disparities
- Recognize America’s unique social-political history, the social determinants of health and their contribution to health inequities
- Provide successful examples of improving population health through institutional diversity and inclusion
- Gain a greater appreciation of structural racism as a public health crisis