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July 1, 2020

AGA announces six-point commitment to equity

We are proud to announce the AGA Equity Project, an initiative to achieve equity and eradicate disparities in digestive diseases.
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With a long-standing interest in diversity, recent events in the U.S. have intensified the AGA Governing Board’s interest to make a significant impact on the goals enumerated in our diversity policy

Learn about the AGA Equity Project and share your thoughts during a Town Hall with AGA President Bishr Omary on Monday, July 13 at 11 a.m. EDT.

Under the leadership of Drs. Sandra Quezada, AGA Diversity Committee chair, and Byron Cryer, director of the NIH-funded Fostering Opportunities Resulting in Workforce and Research Diversity (FORWARD Program), the AGA Equity Project task force will develop a multi-year strategic plan to achieve the following aims:

  1. A just world free of health disparities in digestive diseases and free of inequities in access and effective health care delivery.
  2. State-of-the-art and well-funded research that aligns with the realities of the current multicultural patient population and disease states to achieve health equity for all.
  3. A world where it is expected and normal that both members and society leadership structures are diverse, and people of color and women are included in organizational decision making.
  4. Recognition of accomplishments of diverse leaders. In addition, all leaders recognize, inspire and cultivate the next generation of prominent, diverse leaders.
  5. An engaged AGA membership and staff educated about unconscious bias and committed to the eradication of racism and prejudice towards patients, colleagues, and communities.
  6. The existence of a diverse, culturally and socially aware, large and vocal early career membership that leads the field towards achieving the vision.

The AGA Governing Board recognizes that meaningful change takes time and have committed to a multi-year effort spanning all aspects of our organization. Although our challenges are formidable, they are not insurmountable. We look forward to sharing more information during the townhall July 13 and in the future. 

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