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Health Equality and Diversity Committee

Chair Neeta Thakur, MD, MPH San Francisco, CA
Vice Chair Juan P. Wisnivesky, DrPH, MD New York, NY
Committee Member Christian Bime, MD, MSc Tucson, AZ
Committee Member Robyn T. Cohen, MD, MPH Newton, MA
Committee Member Jean G. Ford PHILADELPHIA, PA
Committee Member Maureen George, PhD, RN New York, NY
Committee Member Fernando Holguin, MD, MPH Aurora, CO
Committee Member Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, MD, MS New York, NY
Committee Member Minal R. Patel, PhD, MPH Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member Loretta G. Que, MD Durham, NC
Committee Member Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric, MD St Louis, MO
Committee Member William Rodriguez, MD, ATSF San Juan, PR
Committee Member Christian Rosas-Salazar, MD, MPH Nashville, TN
Committee Member Sunil Sharma Cherry Hill, NJ
Committee Member Sunita Sharma, MD, MPH Aurora, CO
Committee Member Michelle Sharp, MD, MHS Baltimore, MD
Committee Member - PAR Representative Ginger Spitzer Chicago, IL
Committee Member Adrian Velasquez, MD, MPH Newport, RI
Staff Gary Ewart Washington, DC

The Health Equality and Diversity Committee serves as a resource to the ATS Executive Committee and Board of Directors on issues related to health equality and diversity within our membership and leadership. This committee is charged with promoting diversity and inclusion within the organization and with creating a plan for addressing health equality and diversity issues through cross committee collaboration and the ATS at-large.

Benchmarks, 2019-2020:
• Foster diversity of the workforce through encouraging non-majority groups to enter the fields of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine;

• Monitor health equality and diversity initiatives throughout the ATS organization, serve as a resource for committees collaborating on projects related to health equality, promote diversity within ATS membership related task forces, committees, special projects and overall leadership; and periodically report progress of ATS health equality and diversity initiatives to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors;

• Lead and encourage projects, symposia and publications related to lung health in vulnerable populations;

• Evaluate and improve the new fellowship program to develop ATS leaders in health equality and in advocacy;

• Raise awareness about health equality and diversity issues through ATS publications, the ATS annual meeting, and other approaches.

• Report to the Board of Directors on the current proportion of ethnic/racial minorities in ATS leadership positions and key positions within assemblies.

• In collaboration with the International Conference Committee, develop a Health Disparities Track for the ATS International Conference.