Osher Collaborative LIVE Forum Recap
The Osher Collaborative gathered for our first LIVE Forum, a discussion of our first Osher Collaborative Forum in the JACM on the topic of Integrative Medicine and the Imperative for Health Justice. Together we explored many of the ways that diversity, equity and inclusion issues permeate our work, from access and assumptions, to cultural appropriation in integrative medicine.
We had an excellent turnout: More than 25 individuals participated with representatives from all 5 Osher Centers across America. We engaged in important and thought provoking conversation toward change.
Building from the article and facilitated by the authors, Maria Chao and Shelley Adler, together we explored many of the ways that diversity, equity and inclusion issues permeate our work, from access and assumptions, to cultural appropriation in integrative medicine. We reflected on the impact of language purporting ‘neutralization’ of culturally imbued traditional medicine (e.g. traditional Chinese Medicine / Acupuncture) and related Westernization and colonization. We discussed how we can address economic health access issues through advocating evidence-based policy change and insurance coverage, and developing creative solutions such as philanthropic support and group-based care. We acknowledged that the pursuit of diversity, equity and inclusion in our Osher Centers requires mindful planning including hiring practices of diverse faculty, practitioners, and administrative staff.
May we continue our reflective and active efforts as individuals, and in our interpersonal and social dynamics to collectively serve as a force for health justice.
Please contact the Coordinating Center with your interest in furthering Osher Collaborative efforts.