The series of recent events – the pandemic’s gaping health disparities for the Black community, George Floyd’s murder, and the protests against systemic racism – all challenge our society to make purposeful and positive change. In the health care space, how can we ensure that the PFCC values of respect and dignity, affirmative information sharing, participation, and collaboration are not just words but characterize experiences of the Black community. This conversation will focus on how organizations are building meaningful partnerships with their Black communities, addressing their concerns, and issues and becoming a trusted ally in the fight for equality. What systems are in place to identify, invite, encourage and support individuals from this community to influence the systems of care? As a Black person, what has been your or your family’s care experience? From your unique perspective, what is working well and what opportunities for transformation still exist? As your organization has identified health equity issues, how have you sought the counsel of trusted community organizations and individuals to address the disparities? What programs/activities are in place to help clinicians understand the issues experienced by Blacks and help them see each person as a unique and valued individual?
We encourage you to bring your stories as well as examples of positive, impactful approaches used to change systems of care. Come join us to share your lessons learned and ideas for positive action to address health care disparities now and in the future.