National Education Tour
By 2050, people of color will account for the majority of Americans, yet only one in ten physicians is projected to physically represent our country’s communities of color.
Our goal is to increase the percentage of African American physicians in the United States from 4% in 2016 to 7% by 2025. Changing the Face of Medicine is designed to have a substantial impact in minority communities and seeks to build a legacy for increasing access to health care in the United States. The goal represents a 63% increase of the total number of African American physicians.
Minority doctors are more likely to provide care to minority, under-served, and disadvantaged communities, meaning their under-representation is of utmost concern. While medical schools acknowledge the shifting demographic needs of our society, they have made nominal efforts to recruit and retain their students of color. Changing the Face of Medicine challenges this status quo by replacing mainstream media’s false and debasing historical narrative regarding race, ethnicity and gender with positive, empowering images. Our in-house programs bring together doctors and students of all ages, building powerful relationships to inspire new generations of medical professionals. We engage whole families in commitments to helping youth turn their professional dreams into reality.
In 2015, we launched a pilot of the initiative by reaching 800 attendees (doctors, educators and thought leaders) with an exclusive pre-tour that consisted of a sneak preview of the documentary, Q&A and signing of the book (Against All Odds) with featured physicians in 6 cities over 6weeks. Of the 800, 100 were middle and high school students and 150 college students.
2016 US Educational Tour that focuses on our emerging market of African American women, ages 11–20 years, along side African American women physicians, pharmacists and allied health professionals (nurses and physicians assistants) will be part of the programming.
Changing The Face Of Medicine Initiative 2016 National Education Tour features include:
- Interactive 1/2 day workshops between the physicians and students (includes a Q&A forum and facilitated concurrent workshops)
- Against All Odds: Celebrating Black Women in Medicine 264-page biographical photo-essays book
- Black Women In Medicine Documentary Film.
The long term objectives of the National Educational Initiative include:
• Inspiring young people of color to set their sights on careers in medicine and allied STEAM fields.
• Providing young people with resources and mentorship to help open doors to STEAM fields.
• Reorienting medical school admissions, both by breaking down structural barriers to recruitment and admission and by working with schools, social organizations, universities, and medical groups to encourage and assist young people and their families in pursuing careers in medicine and the allied sciences.
Pilots of National Education Tour at Frederick Douglas Academy (Harlem, New York) and Gateway Community College (New Haven, CT)