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Health Equality and Diversity Committee

Chair Jesse Roman Rodriguez, MD Louisville, KY
Vice Chair LeRoy M. Graham, MD Norcross, GA
Committee Member Raolat M. Abdulai, MD Boston, MA
Committee Member Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH Danville, CA
Committee Member Maureen R. George, PhD, RN New York, NY
Committee Member - ATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA Chicago, IL
Committee Member Fernando Holguin, MD, MPH Aurora, CO
Committee Member Edwin J. Jackson Columbus, OH
Committee Member Sarah M. Lyon, MD Philadelphia, PA
Committee Member - ATS President-elect Marc Moss, MD Aurora, CO
Committee Member Smita Pakhale, MD, FRCPC, MSCE Ottawa, ON, Canada
Committee Member Kristin A. Riekert, PhD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric, MD St Louis, MO
Committee Member William Rodriguez, MD San Juan, PR
Committee Member Jonathan M. Samet, MD Los Angeles, CA
Committee Member Kerri A. Smith, MD Philadelphia, PA
Committee Member - PAR Representative Ginger Spitzer Chicago, IL
Committee Member Neeta Thakur, MD, MPH San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Alicia Thomas, MD Silver Spring, MD
Committee Member Dona J. Upson, MD, MA Albuquerque, NM
Committee Member Adrian Velasquez, MD, MPH Providence, RI
Ex-Officio - Immediate Past President Atul Malhotra, MD La Jolla, CA
Staff Gary Ewart Washington, DC
Staff Nuala Moore 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 for 2016-2017
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;
Explore methods to advocate for Medicaid expansion and implementation of the Affordable Care Act;
Publish an annual report on lung health in vulnerable populations;
Evaluate and improve the new internship and fellowship programs 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.