New MAG ‘Top Docs’ addresses equity, inclusion & diversity in health care
The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses ways to promote equity, inclusion and diversity in the health care system, and it features LaKesha Davison, M.D., who is a pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente (KP) of Georgia.
Dr. Davison – who serves as a special advisor who is helping KP’s medical group find ways to confront racism and promote equity, inclusion, and social justice – discusses…
– Her role at KP
– Why inclusion and diversity are important
– Institutional, interpersonal and internalized racism
– How racism affects patient care
– How health care professionals can advance social justice
– How vaccine hesitancy is connected to health equity
– How physicians can encourage their patients to get vaccinated
– Her advice for parents who want to talk to their kids about racism
Dr. Davison has been with KP since 2016. She has been a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Section on Minority Health, Equity, and Inclusion since it was formed in 2017, and she is a member of the Georgia Chapter of the AAP’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Davison volunteers at the DeKalb County Refugee Clinic, which provides care for immigrant children who have been displaced due to injustice and bigotry in their home countries, and she is an ambassador for Black Girls Run – which encourages and motivates black women to practice a healthy lifestyle.
In her role as a special advisor at KP, Dr. Davison has facilitated discussions surrounding systemic racism within the medical profession and helped guide listening sessions that give health care workers the opportunity to share their experiences. It is also worth noting that she is creating implicit bias training and conducting a comprehensive review of KP’s hiring practices and policies and procedures to ensure that it has equitable hiring/mentoring/promoting practices, addresses health disparities and their effects on clinical outcomes, and fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Davison has a degree from the Emory University School of Medicine.
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