Join Health Equity and Social Justice Discussion Club – Upcoming Sessions

The Ohio Chapter of the AAFP invites all AAFP members to participate in their discussion club and upcoming events in July, September, and November.  GAFP’s Public Health Committee encourages all Georgia Academy members to review this offering:

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.

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.

Financial support for this program was provided by the AAFP Foundation to the Family Medicine Philanthropic Consortium (FMPC) and is funded by members like you! Help programs like this continue to support family medicine by giving to the AAFP Foundation. Select “Chapter Grants” when making your gift online. Thank you!

Thursday, July 21, @ 7:30 p.m. Discussion Registration Discussion Resources | 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, @ 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, @ 7:30 p.m. Discussion Registration | Moderator: Dana Vallangeon, MD
  Health Equity for Marginalized Populations Struggling with Homelessness, Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorder

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