Created: June 18, 2020 06:57 PM
Despite concern about coronavirus transmission, we've seen health care workers join the Black Lives Matter protests. They want to be clear: racism affects health care, a pandemic of its own.
To address this, Albany Med just created a new position with the goal of tackling this decades old and often deadly institutional problem.
Dr. Angela Antonikowski was recently appointed as the Chief Officer of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Albany Medical Center.
She's tasked with leading that awareness to help medical students and staff identify racist attitudes, make changes, and insure health equity.
Getting community input is vital says Antonikowski. There will also be a review of staffing with an eye to increasing minority representation.
Learn more about her plans for the new position by watching the video of Benita Zahn's story.
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