- 2020: COVID-19 brought to light many inequalities in healthcare, including disparities based on socioeconomic factors and societal structure. In the United States, the realities of systemic bias and structural racism emerged, presenting the opportunity to increase efforts to advance health equity – and work to eliminate health inequities nationwide.
- 2020: In November, for the first time at a scientific conference, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is a professional membership organization whose mission is to empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty. They are committed to improving the care of patients with rheumatic disease and advancing the rheumatology subspecialty.
www.rheumatology.org/ Convergence virtual meeting included a track dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and racial disparities. Session topics and abstracts focused on unconscious bias, racial barriers to care, and LGBTQ+ community education. Persons living with rheumatic diseases were included in many presentations and actively participated in coordinating online chats.
Abstract: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups Diagnosed with Rheumatic Disease – Presented by the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology AllianceCOVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance (GRA) aims to collect, analyze and disseminate information about COVID-19 and rheumatology to patients, physicians and other relevant groups to improve the care of patients with rheumatic disease. Their vision is to bring together the global rheumatology community to curate and disseminate accurate and comprehensive knowledge to advance rheumatology care in the COVID-19 pandemic.https://rheum-covid.org/
CoPI: Conference participant
Tools: Report – health equity