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This paper overviews scientific evidence and some of the local Richmond, Virginia history related to structural racism and health disparities. The paper then describe recent demands for racial justice and curriculum transformation that have been made by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) health sciences students, faculty and community members as well as the action steps the university has taken to address these demands. The paper concludes by calling on VCU health sciences faculty members to take action in the following three ways: (a) by participating in professional conversations about the intersections of health equity, structural racism, and health sciences education, (b) by familiarizing themselves with available institutional resources for creating inclusive and social justice oriented curriculum and learning environments, and (c) by considering participation in new systemic racism and implicit bias faculty learning communities offered by the VCU Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences.
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Pelco, L. E., Harris, K.A., Watts, C. A., & Webb, L. B. (2020). Centering Health Equity and Structural Racism in Health Sciences Curriculum. Richmond, VA: Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University.