Advocacy Resources
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As a family physician, you have a pivotal role in the healthcare system.

As your Academy, we want to equip you with the tools you need to advocate for your patients, practice and profession. We host advocacy events, provide legislative updates and share resources that help you take action on issues that matter to you most.

Advocacy Events

Attend an advocacy event, open to ALL members unless otherwise indicated.

Advocacy 101

Explore the fundamentals of advocacy with these FREE Advocacy Modules from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Health Equity Toolkit

Identify opportunities in your community to address health disparities, inequities and their root causes through the AAFP’s EveryONE Project, advancing health equity through family medicine.

Race in Medicine Resources

TCMS medical student leader Megan Lucas compiled this list of resources related to the use of race in medical decision-making.

Articles/reports, books:

  • “Toward the Abolition of Biological Race in Medicine: Transforming Clinical Education, Research, and Practice” report by medical students of the Institute for Justice and Healing in Medicine – can read report here or here or watch webinar of the national unveiling
  • “What Role Should Race Play in Medicine?” article by Jennifer Tsai
  • “UW Medicine to Exclude Race From Calculation of eGFR” news article
  • “Precision in GFR Reporting: Let’s Stop Playing the Race Card” article by Vanessa Grubbs
  • “The Case for Removing Race From the American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Practice Guideline for Urinary Tract Infections in Infants and Young Children With Fever” article by Rachel Kowalsky et al
  • “Myths about physical racial differences were used to justify slavery – and are still believed by doctors today” article by Linda Villarosa as part of the New York Times “1619 Project”
  • “Breathing Race into the Machine: The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics” book by Lundy Braun
  • “Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century” book by Dorothy Roberts
  • “Superior: The Return of Race Science” book by Angela Saini
  • “So You Want to Talk About Race” book by Ijeoma Oluo
  • “Institutional Racism in Medicine: It’s Time for Changes” article by Charles Crutchfield III et al

Videos, podcasts:

  • “The Problem with Race-Based Medicine” TedTalk by Dorothy Roberts
  • “1619” podcast from the New York Times
  • “The Praxis” podcast by Edwin Lindo
  • “Not Built for Us” podcast by Angela Zhang

…any many more!

For example, list of anti-racism resources circulating within UMN pediatrics community earlier in summer 2020

Legislative Action

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