Health Equity and Social Justice Discussion Club

The Health Equity & Social Justice 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.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 @ 7:30 p.m. | Discussion Registration | Discussion Registration | Discussion Questions
Moderator: Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP
Mending Our Union: Healing Our Communities Through Courageous Conversations

Every four years in America, presidential candidates make grand promises to heal the divisions that threaten to tear our country apart. Yet the divisions persist-and deepen. How can this be? The answer is clear. Our government is a reflection of ourselves; it would not be divided if we-the people-were not so polarized.

In response to this toxic culture of division, J. Christopher Collins, author of Mending Our Union: Healing Our Communities Through Courageous Conversations, founded the Different Together Project at the legendary Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, CA. Mr. Collins has created opportunities for courageous conversations among people who don’t share the same views about politics, religion, or race. And it’s making a difference.

In this book, based on real-world experience from the frontlines of the domestic peacebuilding movement, Mr. Collins equips the reader with tools to face our differences head-on, persevere through discomfort, and embrace the peace and joy that results from doing this critical work.

Together, Mr. Collins argues, we can mend our union and heal our divisions before they irrevocably tear us apart.


Wednesday, March 16, 2022 | Discussion Registration | Moderator: Wayne Forde, MD, FAAFP
How to Talk to Your Family Medicine Peers About Race: What are Microaggressions?

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


Third Week of May 2022 | Moderator: Jaividhya Dasarathy, MD, FAAFP
A Doctor’s Dozen: Twelve Strategies for Personal Health and a Culture of Wellness

Burnout affects a third of our population and over half of our health professionals.

For health professionals, the impact is magnified as consequences play out not only on a personal level, but also on a societal level and lead to medical errors, suboptimal care, low levels of patient satisfaction, and poor clinical outcomes. Achieving well-being requires strategies for change.

In A Doctor’s Dozen, author Catherine Florio Pipas, MD, MPH, shares 12 lessons and strategies for improved health that she has learned from patients, students, and colleagues over her 20 years working as a family physician.

Each lesson is based on observation and research, and begins with a story of an exemplary patient whose challenges and successes reflect the theme of the lesson. Along with the lessons, the author offers plans for action, which taken together create the framework for a healthy life. Each lesson concludes with resources and a “health challenge.”


Thursday, July 21, 2022 @7:30 p.m. | Discussion Registration | Moderator: Mary Krebs, MD, FAAFP
Providing Compassionate Care to Survivors of Domestic Violence

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


Wednesday, September 21, 2022 @7:30 p.m. | Discussion Registration | Moderator: Roxanne Cech, MD, FAAFP
Canary in the Coal Mine: A Forgotten Rural Community: A Hidden Epidemic, and a Lone Doctor Battling for the Life, Health and Soul of the People

When author and family physician Will Cooke, MD, an idealistic young physician just out of medical training, set up practice in the small rural community of Austin, IN, he had no idea that much of the town was being torn apart by poverty, addiction, and life-threatening illnesses. But he soon found himself at the crossroads of two unprecedented healthcare disasters: a national opioid epidemic and the worst drug-fueled HIV outbreak ever seen in rural America.

Confronted with Austin’s hidden secrets, Dr. Cooke decided he had to do something about them. In taking up the fight for Austin’s people; however, he would have to battle some unanticipated foes: prejudice, political resistance, an entrenched bureaucracy―and the dark despair that threatened to overwhelm his own soul. Canary in the Coal Mine is a gripping account of the transformation of a man and his adopted community, a compelling and ultimately hopeful read in the vein of Hillbilly ElegyDreamland, and Educated.


Tuesday, November 29, 2022 @7:30 p.m. | Discussion Registration | Moderator: Dana Vallangeon, MD
Health Equity for Marginalized Populations Struggling with Homelessness, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Disorder

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.

Questions

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