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.

Thursday, May 13 @ 7:30 p.m. | Discussion Registration | Discussion Questions | Moderator: Kathleen Meehan-de la Cruz, MD, FAAFP
In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Mr. Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn’t just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police.

My Grandmother’s Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.

Thursday, July 15 @ 7:30 p.m. | Discussion Registration | Moderator: Karin Wurapa, MD, MPH
Colorism: Its Effect on Self-Esteem and Mental Health Among People of Color

“Colorism” is the practice of discrimination by which those with lighter skin are treated more favorably than those with darker skin and it happens both between racial communities and within them. Steeped in historical context, this racist behavior upholds white standards of beauty and benefits white people in institutions of oppression such as the media and in healthcare.

Skin-color bias affects perceptions and interactions in ways that are subtle and profound. Join the conversation to better understand:
  • Why colorism is so widespread but not often talked about
  • How colorism impacts the healthcare community
  • What are some actions to take around challenging and ending colorism
  • And much more.

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

Tuesday, September 14 @ 7:30 p.m. | Discussion Registration | Moderator: Sandra Hans, MD
LGBTQ people pervasively experience health disparities, yet many are still grappling to understand the health care challenges leaving LGBTQ people to experience worsened health outcomes.

Bodies and Barriers informs health care professionals, students in health professions, policymakers, and fellow activists about these challenges, providing insights and a road map for action that could improve queer health.

Through artfully articulated, data-informed essays by 26 well-known and emerging queer activists, Bodies and Barriers illuminates the ubiquitous health challenges LGBTQ people experience and challenges conventional wisdom about health care delivery. It probes deeply into the roots of these disparities and empowers activists with crucial information to fight for health equity through clinical, behavioral, and policy changes. The activist contributors in Bodies and Barriers look for tangible improvements, drawing lessons from the history of HIV/AIDS in America and from struggles against health care bias and discrimination.

Thursday, November 18 @ 7:30 p.m. | Discussion Registration | 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
  • What health equity considerations physicians need to consider for their immigrant and indigenous patients
  • What the characteristics of immigrants are who may seek healthcare in the United States
  • How easy is it for even documented immigrants and naturalized U.S. citizens to access quality health care
  • And much more.

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.