Guardians of the Public's Health

602 Reducing Discrimination in the Practice of Medicine and Health Care Education

  • 08 Nov 2015 6:52 PM
    Message # 3623648
    Anonymous

    Submitted to the Interim 2015 HOD meeting.

    Committee F

    602 Reducing Discrimination in the Practice of Medicine and Health Care Education

     

    RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association collaborate with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and other partners in a National Campaign Against Racism  including the identification of and education on implementation of successful anti-racism interventions in medical settings (Directive to Take Action); and be it further

    RESOLVED, That our AMA collaborate with APHA and other partners in a National Campaign Against Racism to develop policies and practices that will reduce the ill effects of racism, sexism, religious and class prejudice, within society as a whole, and specifically within the practice of medicine (Directive to Take Action); and be it further

    RESOLVED, That our AMA collaborate with APHA and other partners in a National Campaign Against Racism to support the preparation, training and education of professionals in the medical, nursing, pharmaceutical, and allied health specialties to assure no discrimination against any individual or group wishing to enter the health care field. (Directive to Take Action)


    Resolution as Submitted:


    Subject:       Reducing Discrimination in the Practice of Medicine and
    Health Care Education



    Referred to:   Reference Committee ___



    Whereas:    The American Public Health Association (APHA) is joining
    other national organizations within and outside the health sector to
    launch a National Campaign Against Racism starting November 2, 2015; and

    Whereas:    The fundamental principles of our profession is that
    medicine adhere to the concept that all patients should have equal
    access to quality care, be treated effectively by their provider, be
    served efficiently within the clinical setting; and that we, as
    providers, make every effort to "do no harm;”  and

    Whereas:   Any form of discrimination against an individual as a
    result of his or her age, sex, race, income, or other quality that
    distinguishes that individual from others seeking care, is in sharp
    conflict with our ethics as members of the medical profession; and

    Whereas:    As a nation, we in the United States, have done much to
    eliminate discrimination in most areas of society, including medical
    practice, education, housing, and employment, the phenomenon still
    persists; and

    Whereas:    Where discrimination in any form remains, those who are
    the objects of those prejudices suffer from many social ills,
    including poverty, inadequate education and training, joblessness,
    inadequate access to health care resulting in poor health and higher
    levels of mortality than the US population as a whole; and

    Whereas:    Our AMA recognizes racial and ethnic health disparities as
    a major  public health problem in the United States and as a barrier
    to  effective medical diagnosis and treatment; and

    Whereas:    Our AMA maintains a  position of zero tolerance toward
    racially or culturally based disparities in care; and

    Whereas:    Our AMA supports physician cultural awareness  initiatives
    and related consumer education activities; and

    Whereas:    The APHA's National Campaign Against Racism presents a time-sensitive opportunity for our AMA to act effectively on its principles in concert with other groups;



    Therefore, be it

    Resolved:     That our AMA collaborate with APHA and other partners in
    a National Campaign Against Racism  including the identification of
    and education on implementation of successful anti-racism
    interventions  in medical settings; and be it further

    Resolve:       That our AMA collaborate with APHA and other partners
    in a National Campaign Against Racism to develop policies and
    practices that will reduce the ill effects of racism, sexism,
    religious and class prejudice, within society as a whole, and
    specifically within the practice of medicine; and be it further

    Resolve:       That our AMA collaborate with APHA and other partners
    in a National Campaign Against Racism to support the preparation,
    training and education of professionals in the medical, nursing,
    pharmaceutical, and allied health specialties to assure no
    discrimination against any individual or group wishing to enter the
    health care field.



    References

    Jones, C.P., APHA’s Role in a National Campaign Against Racism
    available at  https://apha.confex.com/apha/143am/webprogram/Paper338642.html


    Baker R. B. HISTORY OF MEDICINE:  The American Medical Association
    and Race Virtual Mentor now  American Medical Association Journal of
    Ethics.  June 2014, Volume 16, Number 6: 479-488. Available at:
    http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/our-history/ama-history-timeline.page

    Relevant AMA Policy

    H-350.974 Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care

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