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 was designed, like all the work we did in 2021 at AIHM, through that equity lens, informed by the values, recommendations, and deep commitment to equity outlined by the BIPOC Committee in the Recommendations. We invite you to read the full set of BIPOC recommendations and ask that as you move through your daily work, you ask yourself: How can I bring equity work into my practice, my community, and the larger integrative health movement?
We thank the entire BIPOC Committee, led by co-chairs Dr. Yvette Miller, MD, ABIHM and Dr. I. Jean Davis PhD, DC, PA, MSCR, FAIHM, for the countless hours of work they give, as well as their insights, wisdom, dedication, and love.
“There is no social-change fairy. There is only change made by the hands of individuals.”
Tabatha Parker, ND
Jessica Price, MEd
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.”
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to Develop AIHM Equity Training
In July of 2021, the AIHM BIPOC Committee put out a Request for Proposals with the goal to develop a program in health equity as it relates to integrative health & medicine. The RFP asked for an approach to training that would combine both learning and personal exploration into the training – as both are necessary to succeed. The process was highly competitive .
The project scope included developing content that would:
1. Acknowledge the history of racism, colonialism, and bias in the U.S. and across the globe
2. Identify structural racism with a focus on addressing health care inequities
3. Recognize implicit biases, their impacts, and ways to transform them within ourselves – race, gender, sexuality, ability, etc.
4. Address the impact of racism and cultural appropriation in Integrative Health & Medicine
5. Develop a roadmap to improve equitable care in Integrative Health and Medicine, and
6. Develop a plan for in house facilitation of this material
Ten (10) proposals were reviewed and the finalist selected in the Fall of 2021. The University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine & Osher Center for Integrative Health was selected to develop and deliver the first training to all AIHM Board, Staff and Committee Chairs in 2022.