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IDEA Initiative

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

ABOUT

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. 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.


GOALS

  • 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

WEBINAR SERIES

The IDEA Initiative 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

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
        

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS

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 scholarships to our National Conference and Boot Camp program 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.


Additional Information:

  • If applying for a scholarship, please do not register for the event until after the award notification date. Notification of awards will be given prior to the deadline for early registration.
  • Prior scholarship winners will be considered only after all other applicants.
  • Applicants may apply for both the Conference Scholarship and the Abstract Research Scholarship, however, they will only be selected for one award.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • We encourage you to promote the program through social media outlets prior to and during the event, as well as share the information learned with colleagues at your institution.

Boot Camp Scholarship

Boot Camp is a compact 2-day meeting with 30-day access, includes a comprehensive curriculum that covers the essential aspects of anticoagulation, disease state, and drug management. Live chalk talks provide engaging discussions around quality improvement, new agents, and special situations. Boot Camp is accredited for Pharmacists, Nurses, and Providers and carries 12.75 contact hours.

Eligibility:
Applicants must be clinicians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups within the field of antithrombotic therapy.

Scholarship Award:

  • Complimentary registration to Boot Camp ($249 value)

The Anticoagulation Forum Spring Boot Camp will take place via a virtual live broadcast on April 15-16, 2021, with access until May 15, 2021.

Multiple awards are available.

APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 31, 2021


Conference Scholarship

The Anticoagulation Forum National Conference is a 3-day meeting that offers attendees the unique opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world with wide-ranging research interests and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of thrombotic disorders. Special lectures focusing on recent advances and important issues in anticoagulation therapy are featured, as well as exhibitors and poster presentations of original research.

Eligibility:
Applicants must be clinicians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups within the field of antithrombotic therapy.

Scholarship Award:

  • Complementary registration to National Conference (minimum $345 value)
  • Travel stipend of $1500 to cover transportation and lodging (lodging arrangements must be made at the conference hotel)*
    *Individuals must attend the conference in-person to receive the travel stipend.

The Anticoagulation Form 16th National Conference will take place in San Francisco, CA on October 28th-30th, 2021.

Multiple awards are available.

APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 10, 2021


Abstract Research Award

Award recipients will be invited to present their research as a poster presentation at the AC Forum National Conference. They will also receive guidance and mentorship from a member of the Anticoagulation Forum to assist with preparing their research presentation.

Abstracts do not need to be completed in order to apply for the research award. Applicants will need to submit an abstract title, 1-2 sentence description, and a statement on why this work is important to the field.

Eligibility:
• Applicants must be clinicians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups conducting any research within the field of antithrombotic therapy.
OR
• A clinician conducting research on racial health disparities.

Scholarship Award:

  • Complementary registration to National Conference (minimum $345 value)
  • Travel stipend of $1500 to cover transportation and lodging (lodging arrangements must be made at the conference hotel)*
    *Individuals must attend the conference in-person to receive the travel stipend.

The Anticoagulation Form 16th National Conference will take place in San Francisco, CA on October 28th-30th, 2021.

Multiple awards are available.

APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 10, 2021


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