JACC Leadership Page: Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Cardiology at the State Level

In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, chair of the ACC Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, Andrew Miller, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Board of Governors (BOG) and Akshay Khandelwal, MD, FACC, chair-elect of the ACC BOG discuss the College’s diversity and inclusion initiative and how ACC chapters provide immediate opportunities for member involvement. At this year’s Leadership Forum, the BOG tasked each chapter to develop and document diversity and inclusion activities in their State of the States reports this year, and to begin with an initiative to make 2018 the “Year of the Woman” by including a named lecture and Women in Cardiology (WIC) meeting in the chapter’s meeting agenda. Through a survey, the BOG was able to identify many examples of early success as well as opportunities for improvement. The have also identified initiatives for the BOG at large that will empower the diversity and inclusion strategy. “As we hold ourselves to accountable execution, we can expect a more diverse board and council representation, and a greater ability to support a diverse but highly competent cadre of members to succeed at higher levels within the College,” they write. “It is time for us to take action. We need all members to help fill in our gaps, confront inequities, and contribute to solutions. Share. Lead. Engage.” Read more.