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Thank You To Our BIPOC Committee

In 2021, the AIHM Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Task Force proposed recommendations to the AIHM board to help us as an organization begin the journey towards equity, including the deep work that needs to be done not only within our organization but within the integrative health movement as a whole. Our board unanimously adopted those recommendations and has since been on a path, guided by our BIPOC Committee leaders, toward those goals.

The 2021 Annual People. Planet. Purpose. Conference has been designed, like all the work we have done this year at AIHM, through that equity lens, informed by the values, recommendations, and deep commitment to equity outlined by the BIPOC Committee. We invite you to read the full set of BIPOC recommendations and ask that as you move through this conference, you ask yourself – how can I bring equity work into my practice, my community, and the larger integrative health movement.

We want to thank the entire BIPOC Committee, led by co-chairs Dr. Yvette Miller, MD and Dr. I. Jean Davis PhD, DC, PA, MSCR for the countless hours of work they give, as well as their insights, wisdom, dedication, and love.

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“There is no social-change fairy. There is only change made by the hands of individuals.”

~Winona LaDuke

Yvette Miller, MD, ABIHM
BIPOC Committee Co-Chair

I. Jean Davis, PhD, DC, PA
BIPOC Committee Co-Chair

Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH

Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH

Scarlet Soriano, MD, FAIHM, ABOIM

Yvette Miller, MD, ABIHM
BIPOC Committee Co-Chair

Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD

Staff Support

Jessica Price, MEd

Jessica Price

Tabatha Parker, ND

Sadielis Jimenez, ND

Excerpts from the 2021 Recommendations to the AIHM Board by the Black, Indigenous and People of Color Committee

We first recommend that the AIHM make a commitment, as an organization, to consider equity and racism when making all future decisions, and to dismantling previous policies that continue to contribute to inequity (including racial, LGBTQ, disability). This commitment needs to stem from a deep and abiding commitment to racial equity. Our institutional commitment must be grounded on the firmly held belief that all people are of equal value. An unshakable commitment to racial equity and ending discriminatory practices is fundamental to the integrity, strength, and effectiveness of the integrative health movement. We all agree that we are stronger, more vital, and more successful as an organization when we are transparent about our decision making, and when the diversity of our organization—in our leadership, our teaching faculty, our staff, and our membership—reflects the diversity of the human population. This isn’t a short-term “project.” It is an integral part of our values as an organization and of the embodied leadership we offer our community and the larger world.

We are, by our nature, the optimal organization to speak to the two great interconnected crises of our time: Environmental collapse and Inequity in Health, Wealth, and Education. Integrative solutions which consider all factors that contribute to both of these crises are the only ones that will be effective in long-term change. And we must lead this change—starting with our own organization.

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”

~Cornel West
 
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