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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.


  • 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
Allison Burnett, PharmD
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


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.

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


As an organization, the AC Forum is working to increase awareness and promote diversity in our leadership, membership, and programming. As part of this initiative, we are pleased to offer scholarship to our National Conference and Boot Camp programs to support the ongoing education of clinicians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Scholarships will be awarded to candidates who best illustrate the desire to further their professional knowledge in the field of antithrombotic therapy.

Spring 2022 Boot Camp Scholarship Applications will open in early 2022.