The California Medical Association (CMA) has long believed that diversity and inclusion strengthens the health of our profession and California’s communities.
To that end, CMA launched a Diversity and Inclusion Technical Advisory Committee (D&I TAC) in 2014 to usher in a new generation of policies and initiatives focused on:
- Developing resources and programs that demonstrate why diversity and inclusion is a business imperative.
- Implementing policies and practices that make diversity and inclusion goals a permanent strategic focus.
- Designing a strategic plan to achieve diversity and inclusion within CMA, including the Board of Trustees, component medical societies, CMA staff and leadership.
- Supporting efforts to achieve diversity and inclusion within the physician workforce and in California medical schools.
The D&I TAC presented research at the July 2018 Board of Trustees meeting highlighting the benefits of diversity and inclusion efforts towards clinical outcomes and demonstrating why it is a business imperative, as well as recommendations for new CMA policy and procedures and joint engagement between NEPO and EMOS. CMA is also researching the effectiveness of pipeline programs designed to encourage students to enroll in medical school and to pursue careers in medicine, and how organized medicine can be a partner in strengthening pipeline programs.
TAC members include: Donaldo Hernandez, M.D. (Chair); C. Freeman, M.D.; Dexter Louie, M.D.; Margaret Juarez, M.D.; Rafael Silva, M.D.; Vito Imbasciani, M.D.; Andrea Rudominer, M.D.; and resident Pooja Desai and medical student Allen Rodriguez.