• On-demand CME Series Addresses Health Equity for EveryONE

    Dec. 9, 2022, 12:30 p.m. Michael Devitt — A new self-study series from the AAFP’s EveryONE Project gives family physicians and others the opportunity to earn more than 14 CME credits as they learn about diversity, equity and inclusion through 34 video sessions. The Health Equity for EveryONE series launched Dec. 8 with sessions that range in length from 15 minutes to more than an hour.

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    “I am really excited about our latest collection of health equity CME,” said Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., the Academy’s senior vice president for education, inclusiveness and physician well-being.

    “We have been working hard to develop new and engaging material to support our members on their DEI education journey, and I think all of our members will find something of value in this new series,” Savoy added.

    The first two videos can be viewed free of charge on The EveryONE Project™ webpage:  

    • “The AAFP’s DEI Direction,” a 19-minute session presented by Ada Stewart, R.Ph., M.D., A.A.H.I.V.S., H.M.D.C., a former Academy president and Board chair, and current chair of the AAFP Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness in Family Medicine. The session gives learners an overview of the Academy’s definitions and policies related to diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism.
    • “The Complicated History of Medicine and Black/Brown Bodies,” presented by Jason Glenn, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City. The session reviews historical examples of medical experimentation on and exploitation of enslaved people and minority communities, and the impact of these issues on modern-day health inequities and disparities.

    Story Highlights

    The remaining sessions and details about CME credit are available on the Health Equity for EveryONE CME activity page, where members can register at a discounted rate. The sessions feature discussions from family physicians who are nationally recognized experts on a variety of health equity-related topics, including

    • the intersection of health disparities, social determinants of health and race;
    • bias recognition and mitigation strategies;
    • National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care;
    • why diversity improves team outcomes; and
    • leadership and mentorship focused on underrepresented minorities in medicine.

    CME Details

    After completing the series, learners will be able to

    • develop an action plan for creating a wholly inclusive office environment;
    • examine the most up-to-date and gender-affirming care practices for transgender and non-binary patient populations;
    • examine the role race has played in primary care throughout history, its generational impact, and strategies to combat racism in family medicine for a more inclusive future;
    • explain the important role of diversity, inclusion and equity in physician leadership, team-based care, career advancement and practice management; and
    • identify implicit bias in family medicine, and develop action plans to mitigate its effects on practice advancement and improve equity and inclusion at every interaction point and at every stage of care.

    Each session includes an audio file and slide deck so learners can study at their own pace.

    Participants can claim between 0.25 and one CME credits for each session, which can be completed in any order. CME reporting is available after completing each session, with a total of 14.75 CME credits available for family physicians and other health care professionals.

    Other Products and Resources

    The series builds on a foundation of existing information on health equity already available through The EveryONE Project. Similar AAFP activities offering CME credit are also available, including Health Equity: Leading the Change, a free, five-session self-study program, and an online course on LGBTQ+ patient care.

    The Academy has also published a wealth of resources on health equity, including a collection of policies and position papers, a toolkit for practicing clinicians and a curricular toolkit for learners and faculty initially created by Family Medicine for America’s Health, in addition to ongoing advocacy to advance health equity in all communities.