ACEP Past President Rebecca Parker, MD, FACEP, established a Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce, and Ramon W. Johnson, MD, FACEP, of the Leadership Development Advisory Group (LDAG) proposed a section focusing on diversity and inclusion. This past spring, the ACEP Board of Directors approved the Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity (DIHE) Section. The section focuses on leadership development, providing education on cultural competence and the different aspects of bias, and research to identify solutions for health inequities related to emergency medicine.
As the first chairperson of the DIHE Section, I was honored to lead the section through an imposing and successful inauguration during the 50th anniversary celebration at ACEP18. The section’s luncheon meeting was attended by more than 85 participants. The section also hosted two educational TED Talks at innovatED: Bernard Lopez, MD, FACEP, spoke on “Implicit Bias,” and Esther Choo, MD, MPH, spoke on “The Case for Dramatic Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion.” The excitement, diversity, and inclusiveness of attendees at these events embody what we are about and what we will accomplish together.
Dr. Green is chair of ACEP’s DIHE Section.