Actions Speak Louder
We are calling all members of the UNC School of Medicine (SOM) to action. We must be intentional about enacting change and releasing the burden on our Black students, faculty, and staff. As a collective, we have listed the next steps our organization will be taking as well as initiatives we want see from SOM administration.
The American Public Health Association (APHA) has declared “Racism as a Public Health Crisis”
All are welcome. We invite you to say their names and learn their stories. Equity is about justice, fairness and opportunity for all.
Actions Taken by SNMA
- SNMA, LMSA, MSPA have matched individuals’ donations to a total of $500 donated to BLM, racial justice organizations, mutual aid funds, Black businesses and bailout funds across North Carolina. We encourage everyone to sign the petitions and donate to the organizations linked below.
- Medical students trained and served as EMTs to assist medics at protests. Students also collected donated supplies (masks, water, hand sanitizer, milk of magnesia, etc.)
- SNMA hosted a summer reading club on Allyship from the National SNMA suggested reading list.
- SNMA has created an activism safety guide as a resource for those who protested.
White Coats for Black Lives Requests
Although racial segregation of medical care is illegal, most health systems effectively segregate patient care through triage decision-making, discrimination based on insurance status, and use of trainees to care for marginalized patients. This means UNC Healthcare will address:
- Publicly release data on the racial demographics, primary language, and insurance status of patients seen in each hospital practice and hospital within a health system.
- Publicly release data on the demographics of patients seen by providers of different training levels within the health system (residents, NPs, PAs, fellows, attendings).
- Develop a clear action plan to address inequities in access to comprehensive care by fully-trained providers.
Status: Dr. Crystal Cené is providing leadership for UNC Health, Health Equity. Some areas may or may not be addressed.
The MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, January 26
The keynote speaker will be Patrisse Cullors, social activist, best-selling author of When They Call You A Terrorist and co-creator of the viral Twitter hashtag and movement, #BlackLivesMatter.
Registration Opens January 5.
Annual Minority Health Conference is Body & Soul: The Past, Present, and Future of Health Activism
February 26, 2021
The Minority Health Conference, which is the largest and longest-running student-led health conference in the country, aims to raise awareness around minority health and mobilize students, academics and community members to take action for change. The conference was founded and is led by students at The Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill. We are excited to announce that this year’s theme is Body & Soul: The Past, Present, and Future of Health Activism.
This year’s conference seeks to critically examine the structural barriers that reinforce inequities and exclude the experiences of marginalized voices in the policy process. Body and Soul empowers people to find their voice in the activism space. It encourages people to use their gifts and skills to advocate for and create change for those in the margins. We look forward to seeing you in a virtual space at the 2021 conference on Friday, February 26th.
Race, Racism, and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium
The inaugural Race, Racism, and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium, hosted by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, is a series of virtual events that will bring together scholars and researchers from across campus to share their work with Carolina and the broader community.
Previous R3 Symposiums