Health Equity and Social Justice Discussion Club

The Health Equity & Social Justice Discussion Club has been expanded from its original format to now include critical social justice issues that fall outside of the focus of race. The new discussion club will alternate between traditional books and a curated collection of virtual content.

This club is a safe and respectful virtual space to discuss important literature on topics of social justice and health equity all from the comfort of your home or office. Guided conversations will provide unique opportunities for insightful reflection and open minded sharing with your peers. Each session will take place via Zoom under the guidance of a physician moderator.

Registration is free an open to all Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) members as a benefit of membership.

Members participating in the Health Equity & Social Justice Discussion Club can submit a Continuing Medical Education (CME) Reporting Form to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) member resource center to claim CME credit as a professional enrichment activity. Credit may be claimed, commensurate with participation, for partaking in other medical educational experiences and activities, such as informal self-learning activities. These activities may or may not be documented, and are not certified by the AAFP, AMA, AOA, but are of a nature of professional enrichment to the family physician.

Thursday, November 18 @ 7:30 p.m. | Discussion Registration | Curated Content | Moderator: Alexander Curtis, MD, MPH, MA
Disparity in Health of Immigrant and Indigenous People

Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put immigrant and indigenous people at increased risk of chronic health conditions, mental and behavioral health issues, and mortality. Some of the most persistent disparities follow familiar patterns of racial and economic bias in health delivery shaped by social inequality, historical trauma, and discrimination.

Alleviating health disparities among America’s immigrant and indigenous populations will require a deliberate and sustained effort to address social determinants of health, and a full assault against racial discrimination.

Join the conversation to better understand:
  • What historical trauma is and how it manifests patients decades later
  • Health equity realities physicians need to consider for their immigrant and indigenous patients
  • The challenges for documented immigrants and naturalized U.S. citizens to access quality health care.

Participants will review a selection of virtual content including videos, articles, and blogs to inform their discussion.

How the Discussion Club will Function

  • Each discussion will be conducted using the Zoom video conferencing system
  • Participants will need to register in advance in order to receive their unique Zoom login
  • A physician moderator will guide each session through a list of preset questions for group reflection
  • Depending on the size of the group, smaller breakouts may be warranted
  • Each session will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour
  • Registration is free an open to all OAFP members as a benefit of membership.

Discussion Club Participation Guidelines

  • The purpose of this discussion club is to discuss literature on topics of social justice and health equity in a safe and respectful virtual space
  • Please respect the authority of the moderator
  • Inappropriate behavior and/or language will not be tolerated
  • Disagreements among participants is permitted so long as it is handled respectfully
  • Keep on topic, but feel free to introduce information that is relevant to the discussion (historical facts, bio details, book background, related authors, or topics)
  • When you speak, please state your name
  • Have fun and remember that this is an opportunity to build comradery with peers across the healthcare continuum.


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