Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Health Care
As a global hematology community, ASH understands the importance of having individuals with diverse perspectives and experiences in all areas of the field. Through various ASH programs and committees, ASH continues its long-standing commitment to combating inequities in hematology, supporting scientists and clinicians from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine, and embracing diverse voices across the patient and health care communities.
ASH Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) is committed to building and nurturing a global hematology community and workforce inclusive of diverse perspectives, talents, and experiences as its works toward one collective goal: helping hematologists conquer blood diseases worldwide. The three-pronged approach to fulfilling the Society’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is:
- Inspiring, recruiting, and supporting researchers and clinicians from diverse backgrounds to pursue and succeed in careers in hematology and related fields.
- Involving people with diverse perspectives, talents, and experiences in leadership, volunteer, and staff positions.
- Advocating for policies and supporting programs that aim to eliminate health disparities in the care of hematology patients.
ASH welcomes and encourages engagement and participation of individuals in the Society regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ability, national origin or other attributes.
Updated on: Sep 02 2020
Message from the ASH President on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
"As we reflect on the history of racism in the US, we at ASH are re-examining our role in addressing these injustices."
Minority Recruitment Initiative
The ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI) was created in 2003 to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities training in hematology-related fields and to increase the number of minority hematologists with academic and research appointments.
Women in Hematology
The Women in Hematology Working Group (WIH) was created in 2019 to support the careers of women hematologists. The group is focused on strengthening opportunities for recognition of the contributions of women to the field, providing networking and mentorship opportunities to women at all levels of their careers, and identifying additional opportunities to support the careers of women in hematology. They annually host the Women in Hematology Networking Reception, which has previously included speaker Dr. Julie Silver’s presentation on “Accelerating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with a Focus on Women in Hematology.” Please contact ASH at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or get involved.
Making an Impact
Get to know the individuals who are representing diverse voices in the patient and health care communities.
Navigating the ASH Career Development Pathway
Drs. Alexis Thompson and Melody Smith help aspiring hematologists navigate the ASH career development and leadership pathways.
Lift as You Climb
Dr. Michael R. DeBaun speaks about his family code of serving others, which he passes along to generations of mentees.
Interview with Rahma Warsame, MD
Dr. Warsame chose to study medicine to help underserved communities, an instinct she brings to her role as an ASH Ambassador.
Interview with Laura De Castro, MD
Dr. De Castro's status as a "citizen world" shapes her medical career and her role as an ASH Ambassador.
Interview with Oluwatoyosi Onwuemene, MD
Dr. Onwuemene discusses her background, her interests, and why she wanted to get into medicine.
Learn More and Get Involved
Serve as a mentor to scientists of underrepresented backgrounds in the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative.
Stay up-to-date on all of ASH’s advocacy efforts, such as the ASH Sickle Cell Disease Initiative.
Nominate colleagues who represent or reflect diverse experiences for leadership opportunities at ASH.
Work to recruit diverse participants in clinical trials thorough the ASH Research Collaborative.
Apply for ASH funding to support your research on health disparities and the social determinants of health at your home institution.
ASH will hold a series of structured listening sessions to learn from Society members about their experiences as well as opportunities in the hematology community related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The sessions will explore issues faced by those from backgrounds traditionally disadvantaged in medicine, with a specific focus on race and ethnicity, gender, ability, and sexual orientation. This is intended to be a global opportunity inclusive of all ASH members.