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Health Disparities

“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) Initiative was established to address systemic racism and the resulting health disparities. Through this Initiative, 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.

Listen as our IDEA Initiative Committee members discuss the importance of this topic and relevance to every AC Forum member.

Learn More & Get Involved


  • 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


April Allen (Co-Chair), PharmD, CACP
Sara Vazquez (Co-Chair), PharmD, BCPS, CACP
Stacy Ellsworth, RN, MSN, CCRC
Danielle Jenkins, RN, BSN
Julia Mulheman, PharmD
Surabhi Palkimas, PharmD
Anush Patel, MD, FACP
Terri Schnurr, RN, CCRC
Terri Wiggins, MS
Naomi Yates, PharmD, BACP

Understanding Health Disparities

Learn how health disparities impact a patient’s access to quality health care and anticoagulation therapy.

Rapid Resource: Social Determinants of Health & Patient Care
This resource provides a brief overview the social determinants of health and highlights actions practitioners can incorporate into their practice to address health disparities.


The IDEA Initiative has developed a 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, as well as discussions on implementing real change in your practice.

Health Disparities in PAD: What to Know as an Anticoagulation Provider

September 21, 2022
Foluso Fakorede, MD and Surabhi Palkimas, PharmD

Could I Have Prevented a Stroke? Understanding the Social Determinants of Health

December 16, 2021
April Allen, PharmD, CACP; Danielle Jenkins, RN, BSN; Julia Mulheman, PharmD; Sara Vazquez, PharmD, BCPS, CACP; Terri Wiggins, MS

Addressing Health Disparities in Your Practice

October 28, 2021
Kimberly Terry, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Call to Action: Structural Racism as a Fundamental Driver of Health Disparities: A Presidential Advisory from the American Heart Association

March 18, 2021
Tracy Minichiello, MD | Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MHP, FAAFP | Anjail Z. Sharrief, MD, MPH, FAHA | Paul Walker, PharmD | Terri Wiggins, MS | Sara Vazquez, PharmD, BCPS, CACP