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Infectious Disease Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism (ID2EA)

Painting by Lydia Aoun Barakat, MD

The Yale Section of Infectious Disease (ID) established an Infectious Disease section Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism (ID2EA) curriculum. Since combatting racism and welcoming diversity and including are a process, the curriculum’s framework embraces the concept of a roadmap with ongoing stops. These stops are interactive sessions with a selected theme discussed by expert and community panelists and moderated by 1-2 members of the ID2EA curriculum committee.

Goals

  • Establish an educational roadmap to faculty and trainees to enhance their knowledge, skills, and attitude to address structural and cultural bias and racism,
  • Provide equitable access and care to all our patients and thus improve their health outcomes.
  • Enhance professional development and instill institutional changes to promote diversity and inclusion

Interdisciplinary Team

The team consists of members from the following:

  • ID Section Faculty
  • History of Medicine
  • Poorvu Center
  • Trainees GME

The AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) works in partnership with the team.

Resources

The ID2EA curriculum has a budget in order to support the following needs:

  • speakers
  • workshops
  • educational materials
  • technical assistance
  • evaluation
The ID2EA was launched on November 16, 2020 with an ID section retreat hosted by the ID section Chief, Dr. Erol Fikrig and the members of the ID2EA committee, entitled “Stronger Together; First Stop on the Roadmap”.
In this second stop on the roadmap, we considered the historical and current relationship between geography and racism, as it relates to health inequities in risk and outcomes in New Haven and beyond.
In the third stop, we listened actively to New Haven residents who have been affected by this past and continuing history, so we can understand their current reasons for mistrust and reflect on how we can do better.