Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: The Pillars of #AHA21

I was delighted to be selected as one of the American Heart Association (AHA) early career fellows in training bloggers for the year 2021-2022 during my first-year cardiology fellow. During 2019, the AHA conference was in Philadelphia and in-person. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic surge, we have learned how to attend virtual to hybrid conferences. … Read more

Health Equity, the Forgotten Pillar

This year’s AHA21 Scientific Session placed an intense spotlight on understanding and achieving health equity in cardiovascular health (CVH). AHA has a broad vision for being transformative in all of the ways that structural inequities influence health outcomes. Specifically, AHA’s 2024 Impact Goal states that: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. … Read more

Housing and Health Equity in Cardiovascular Disease

So far, 2020 has been a year of public health crises. By early spring, it was apparent that people living in socio-economically disadvantaged areas were being hit hardest by Covid-19 [1]. In these same areas, people across the United States took to the streets protesting the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man – … Read more

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Are Not Just Buzzwords— Practical Steps for People Who Teach

Those of us who work in science, healthcare, and academia often find ourselves teaching others, whether or not we set out to be educators. Residents teach medical students. Nurses precept new nurses. Graduate students teach undergraduates. And faculty roles for researchers and clinicians also include teaching loads. Yet for many of us, our training did … Read more