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IDEA Committee

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Allyship (IDEA) Committee was established to address systemic racism and the resulting health disparities. Through the IDEA Committee, the AC Forum will work to increase awareness and promote diversity in our leadership, membership, and programming. We hope our members will engage in this initiative to re-evaluate their current practice, reduce health inequities, and improve the quality of care for all patients. Click the link below to hear from Dr. Sara Vazquez, co-chair of the IDEA Committee, discussing the importance of this topic and relevance to every AC Forum member.


  • Engage in active anti-racist efforts that will create meaningful change
  • Be intentional about diversity in AC Forum leadership, membership, and programming
  • Expand access to opportunities for Black and other clinicians of color in anticoagulation and related fields
  • Increase awareness of structural racism and its impacts on health inequities/disparities


The IDEA Committee has developed a four-part webinar series to highlight the critical topic of structural racism and health disparities. This series includes stories and shared experiences from both patients and clinicians on how racism has impacted them, and concludes with a discussion on implementing real change in your practice.

Join representatives from the American Heart Association (AHA), American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the Anticoagulation Forum for this important dialogue.

Part 1:
Call to Action: Structural Racism as a Fundamental Driver of Health Disparities: A Presidential Advisory from the American Heart Association
Thursday | March 18, 2021 | 1:00pm EST

Learn More and Register       Read Article

Coming Soon:

Part 2:
The Patient Experience - Stories we Can Learn From

Part 3:
How I Got Here – Clinicians' Journeys Experiencing Racism

Part 4:
Implementing Change – How we are Addressing Health Disparities in Practice

During our October 2021 Conference, we will host a session for attendees to come together to reflect on their participation in the webinar series and how it has impacted their work.


Recognizing importance of diverse representation in healthcare, and to support our goal of being intentional in diversifying our membership, the AC Forum will be providing scholarships to expand access to our conferences and programs to minority practitioners.

Please stay tuned for updates on scholarship criteria and application deadlines.


By working together with partners and allies, we can expand our reach and increase our impact. Please join us by sharing the information on our webinar series with your colleagues.

If your organization is interested in partnering with us on our IDEA Committee initiatives, please email Ashlee Talbot at atalbot@aforum.org.