Racial Equity Book Club

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. | Discussion Registration | Moderator: Moderator: Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP
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.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m. | Discussion Registration | Moderator: Moderator: Heidi Gullett, MD, FAAFP
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.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m. | Discussion Registration | Moderator: Moderator: Wayne Forde, MD, FAAFP
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.

How the Racial Equity Book Club will function

  • Each book club 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 book club session will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour
  • There is no fee to participate in the Racial Equity Book Club.

Book Club Participation Guidelines

  • The purpose of this book 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.
Additional Reading Options
(recommended by members and partner organizations)


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