Building Cultural Intelligence to Breakdown Racism (virtual)

September 30, 2020

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) knows that when it comes to healthcare, family physicians are primary and are never shy of having the tough conversations. That is why we developed a comprehensive, virtual program to tackle the difficult topic of racism in society and its impact on healthcare – how to talk about it and how to mitigate it in the world around you. Participants learned how to be more culturally intelligent by developing awareness skills for people of other races and ethnic backgrounds by understanding their own biases towards other cultures, races, and traditions.

The half-day continuing medical education (CME) program was highly interactive and allowed for ample stretch breaks. Family physicians also learned how to apply their new knowledge toward the American Board of Family Medicine’s (ABFM) Health Equity Performance Improvement activity.

The fabric of racism in the United States is tightly woven into the tapestry of our American story. As early as 1619, when the first enslaved people stepped foot on American soil, our national shame was defined and race prevailed. Fast forward 400 years, through reconstruction, Jim Crow, the turmoil of the Civil Rights era, and today as more and more tragic events are captured on police body cameras, Black Americans continue to suffer under the cruel and unjust conditions of systemic racism. However, for many Americans with a fairer complexion, talking about race and understanding privilege is a concept that has been largely ignored, misunderstood, or forbidden in many circles of white society. Now, more than ever, we must all come together and be teachers and students by sharing and listening so that America can start to build a better future and eradicate racism.

Schedule of Events*

Noon Welcome and Virtual Meeting Instructions
Speaker: Mike Sevilla, MD, FAAFP – OAFP President and family physician from Salem, OH
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Racism as a Public Health Crisis
Speakers: Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP – AAFP President and Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and Danielle Jones, MPH – AAFP Director, Center for Diversity and Health Equity
“The elimination of health disparities will not be achieved without first acknowledging racism’s contribution to health and social inequalities.” This powerful statement, attributed to Dr. LeRoy, is part and parcel to the American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP) “racism as a public health crisis” declaration. The elimination of health disparities will not be achieved without first acknowledging racism’s contribution to health and social inequalities. In this session, participants learned how these foundational principles shaped AAFP policy and served as a call to action for patients and Academy members.
1:00 – 4:40 p.m.
Includes two 10 minute breaks
Culturally Intelligent Solutions for becoming an Antiracist

Speakers: Robin Shabazz, Esq. – Principal and Lead Cultural Facilitator, The Eastledge Group, Cincinnati, OH

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year old black man was forcibly held down by a white police officer for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while crying out “I can’t breathe,” during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. This is not an isolated incident in America. Mr. Floyd was killed by a system that undervalues Black lives. This system involves law enforcement/criminal justice, corporations, educational, financial, and healthcare systems. This session will address how physicians can take intentional actions to combat systemic racism in healthcare using Cultural Intelligence (CQ). Physicians who possess a high level of CQ play an important role in bridging health disparity gaps and care delivery divides within the healthcare system. In this session, participants took a deep dive into their posture with race, culture, and ethnicity to harness new strategies to become more CQ.

Handout: 5 Lessons the Black Lives Matter Movement Can Teach the Health Care Industry: A Physician Checks Herself and Her Profession

4:20 – 4:50 p.m. ABFM’s Health Equity Performance Improvement Program – Your Call to Action

Speaker: Ryan Kauffman, MD, FAAFP – OAFP’s Quality Improvement Champion and Family Physician from Bellfontaine, OH
4:50 – 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
Speaker: Mike Sevilla, MD, FAAFP – OAFP President and family physician from Salem, OH

*Schedule subject to change.

CME Accreditation

This Live activity, Building Cultural Intelligence to Breakdown Racism (Virtual), has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 4.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Racial Equity Book Club

Keep the conversation moving forward! Join us to take part in OAFP’s Racial Equity Book Club! Registration is free and open to anyone interested in participating. The club will meet as follows via Zoom with a physician volunteer facilitating the discussion by using guided questions to help readers share their personal reflections of the book being reviewed.

Wednesday, November 18

7:30 p.m.

Free Registration

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

In the Deep South in the 1950’s, a color line was etched in blood across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross that line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged life as a Southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an unemployed black man. What happened to John Howard Griffin—from the outside and within himself—as he made his way through the segregated Deep South is recorded in this searing work of nonfiction. His audacious, still chillingly relevant eyewitness history is a work about race and humanity every American must read.

Moderator: Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP

Thursday, January 14, 2021

7:30 p.m.

Free Registration

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

Debby Irving uses her own life to explore the everyday systemic racism that goes largely unnoticed yet perpetuates long-held racialized belief systems. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers her perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. The author peppers key questions throughout the book allowing the reader to reflect and apply the lessons learned to their own life experience.

Moderator: Heidi Gullett, MD, FAAFP

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

7:30 p.m.

Free Registration


The Political Determinants of Health by Daniel E. Dawes

In this book, Daniel E. Dawes argues that political determinants of health create the social drivers—including poor environmental conditions, inadequate transportation, unsafe neighborhoods, and lack of healthy food options—that affect all other dynamics of health. By understanding these determinants, their origins, and their impact on the equitable distribution of opportunities and resources, we will be better equipped to develop and implement actionable solutions to close the health gap. Mr. Dawes draws on his firsthand experience helping to shape major federal policies, including the Affordable Care Act, to describe the history of efforts to address the political determinants that have resulted in health inequities. Taking us further upstream to the underlying source of the causes of inequities, he examines the political decisions that lead to our social conditions, makes the social determinants of health more accessible, and provides a playbook for how we can address them effectively. A thought-provoking and evocative account that considers both the policies we think of as “health policy” and those that we don’t, this book provides a novel, multidisciplinary framework for addressing the systemic barriers preventing the United States from becoming the healthiest nation in the world.

Moderator: Wayne Forde, MD, FAAFP

Additional Reading Options
(recommended by members and partner organizations)


For more information, please contact Deputy Vice President Kate Mahler, CAE, or call 800.742.7327.