Board of Trustees Affirms Commitment to Provider Diversity, Inclusion


The OMA Board of Trustees met on January 28 at the Oregon Medical Education Foundation Conference Center in Portland.

The all-volunteer board engaged in meaningful dialogue surrounding real issues physicians and physician assistants face in their work.

The board heard from BethAnne Darby, director of the Oregon Health Authority’s External Relations Division. Ms. Darby gave an overview of OHA’s efforts and accomplishments around providing better care and access, provided insight on the governor’s budget and shared OHA’s legislative agenda.

The Board of Trustees voted on a number of compelling policy resolutions, items that arose or advanced through the governance process since the board last met in October of 2016.

Among the more prominent votes:

  • Support for a message of affirmation and advocacy on behalf of its values of diversity, inclusion, equity, and support to its constituent members, identifying marginalized groups; and renewed renew commitment to address and resolve inequities related to bias, prejudice, and intolerance based on nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender expression or ability in the health care system that influences the well-being of OMA healthcare providers, health science and allied health students in clinics, hospitals, and communities
    – APPROVED, adopted as OMA policy
  • Support for suicide prevention programs for adults and elderly in Oregon, and encourage the Oregon Legislature to fund such prevention programs.
    – APPROVED, adopted as OMA policy

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