INTRODUCTION TO THE INSTITUTE

Discover our vision, mission and goal of ensuring equitable care to underserved communities across the healthcare ecosystem.

Vision

Humanitarian healthcare means the delivery of equitable medical care for everyone. Our vision is to collaborate with hospitals, community organizations, institutes, healthcare experts, life science companies, and others to advance equitable care locally, nationally, and internationally.

Mission

To ensure the delivery of medical care across diverse communities rooted in equal distribution without regard to race, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, religion, or any other social category.

Goal

To form a first-of-its-kind institute that will help ensure equitable care to minority communities through communicating and mobilizing best practices across the healthcare ecosystem.

 

Healthcare Inequity Demographics

Health inequities are systematic differences in the
opportunities groups have to achieve optimal health,
leading to unfair and avoidable differences in health outcomes.


Our health care system continues to be prove due to conscious
and unconscious biases, resources are not allocated
fairly among races, sexes, or social classes, ethnicity, gender, religion and more. These biases expose people in our society
to unfair treatment in healthcare and results in avoidable suffering or mortality.


 


Who is Dr. Augustus A. White III?


The Augustus A. White III Institute is based and inspired by the life and experiences of world-renowned orthopedic surgeon and medical educator Dr. Augustus A. White III. The Institute is dedicated to his mission to provide quality healthcare services to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, marital status and/or sexual orientation.
“He is committed, he is persistent, he is humane, he is brilliant, all of that and he has a very clear vision of what can be.”   Dr. Nancy Oriol - Harvard Medical School

A Visionary Leader & Inspiration


Dr. White is the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education and Professor Emeritus of Orthopedics at Harvard University Medical School. A widely published author on spinal surgery and the biomechanics of the spine, Dr. White is also a leading national voice on the need for equitable healthcare. Throughout his career, Dr. White has committed himself to issues of diversity, and is nationally recognized for his work addressing health care disparities.
Brown University
First African American student to join Delta Upsilon, and selected Chapter Delegate to the 1956 convention.
Stanford Medical School
Student, Student Body President, and Graduate of Stanford Medical School. The first African American graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Yale University
Professor of Surgery at Yale University, Surgical Resident at Yale Medical Center, and the first African American surgical resident at the Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Harvard Teaching Hospital
First African American Chair of a Harvard Teaching Hospital.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and Founder of the academic orthopedic program.

The Institute’s unique Stakeholder platform allows healthcare providers, businesses, community groups and government officials to work collaboratively on solutions to healthcare inequities instead of inadvertently working cross purposefully in silos. 

Our unique community engagement strategy communicates and invites individuals impacted by healthcare disparities to participate and learn more about improving their health. Institute Stakeholders bring expertise, buy-in and a steadfast commitment to healthcare equity for all.

Services: What Can The Institute Do For You?


We serve the healthcare community by offering seminars, trainings, and lectures that push the confines of today's understanding of diversity and medicine. Learning, sharing, and implementing best practices advance equitable care across the various communities of stakeholders.

Seminars

Actively engage in workshops with leading experts in the healthcare profession through 100% interactive and multi-topic sessions.

Trainings

Learn from qualified professionals about how racial biases are permeating your medical sectors and how they can be addressed to decrease healthcare disparities.

Lectures

There is a constant influx of new research across the world about racial biases and healthcare disparities. Lectures will keep you up to date on the newest innovations and communities surrounding inequality.

Career Development

Connect with colleagues and leading global experts to elevate your leadership, performance & wellness. The Institute provides diverse talent with information on professional advancement opportunities.

 

Covid 19 Vaccine
Access for Boston's Most Vulnerable


Five new COVID-19 vaccination sites have opened in neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Black and Latinx communities. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that Black and Latinx patients are nearly 3 times more likely to die of and about 4 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than white, non-Hispanic patients.

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Medscape
The 'Whitest Specialty,' Revisited


A recent STAT article by Usha Lee McFarling identified orthopedic surgery as "the whitest specialty." That's a problem many, perhaps most, orthopedic surgeons are aware of. But seeing it stated so bluntly is jolting

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The Board of Directors work to optimize and foster an environment for diverse thought leadership. They serve as a platform to engage and support the execution of ideas that address healthcare disparity both on a national and local level.

The Board of Directors

Augustus A. White
III, MD, PhD

Harvard Medical School

Kirk Taylor, MD

SVP Regional Medical Affairs, EMD Serono, Inc

Macey Russell Esq.

Partner, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Annica MacDonald

AVP, TJX Companies

Stephanie
Pinder-Amaker, PhD

Director, McLean College Mental Health, Harvard Medical School

J. Jacques
Carter, MD, MPH

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

David Chanoff, PhD

Professional Writer

Michael Douvadjian

Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Mark C. Gebhardt, MD


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dave Newhouse, MD


Retired, Permanente Medical Group

Alicia Whittington
PhD, MPH

Ass. Dir. Engagement and Health Equity Research at Harvard

The National Advisory Board serves as a convergence point to gather ideas and amplify voices of nationally recognized medical professionals, medical institutions, and nationally recognized community stakeholders, with a focus on healthcare equity, DE&I best practices in Medicine, and DE&I more broadly in cross industry inclusive leadership. The National Advisory Board advances the vision set out by the Institute’s Board of Directors by creating a framework to provide information nationally that is readily shared among all the communities identified and supported by the Institute.

The National Advisory Board

 

Louis W. Sullivan, MD

President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine​

Bernadette Loftus, MD

Award-winning C-suite Physician Executive

Susan Leggett-Johnson, MD

Healthcare Executive, D&I Strategist, Physician

Irving M. Allen M.D

Emeritus Psychiatrist, Harvard University Health Service

Professor Frank M. McClellan

Professor of Law Emeritus, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Edward K. Rodriquez, MD

Chief of Orthopedic, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

The Medical Advisory Board brings together recognized medical professionals, to gather and share medical information pertinent to the issue of healthcare equity. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Medical Advisory Board ensures that the The Institute is up-to-date on the latest clinical trials and medical research that would impact healthcare disparities and improve patient engagement. Further, the Medical Advisory Board has a platform for medical professionals, pharma, biotech and hospitals to share their innovative perspectives on healthcare equity broadly and based upon ethnic identifiers.

The Medical Advisory Board

Dallas Reed, MD

Chief of Genetics, OB/GYN, Tufts Medical Center

Harris Gibson, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon (Former), Winchester Hospital

The Community Advisory Board works collaboratively with members of varied communities' stakeholder groups including, but not limited to, sports, arts, entertainment, government (local, state, and federal), religious organizations, fraternal organizations, businesses, and other non-profit organizations, to bring forth content and programming that drives Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across varied industries and communities. The Community Advisory Board, also collaborates with the Board of Directors to execute on The Institute’s broader vision and mission. Ultimately, the Community Advisory Board leverages their reach to amplify the voices of community members supported by The Institute to drive engagement with businesses, payers and providers.

The Community Advisory Board

Gordon Thompson

Founder & CEO,
Westnet Inc.


Deborah Dean, Esq.

Former Vice President, General Counsel Americas, Dassault Systèmes

Lisa K. Sussman, PhD

Clinician with the Health and Wellness program at the Boston Arts Academy (BAA)