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Minority Health and the Health Sciences

Alveda King

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Statement from the Medical Library Association

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Are the Threads that Strengthen the Fabric of the Medical Library Association

The Medical Library Association (MLA) expresses deep sorrow, compassion, anger, and words of hope in response to the death of George Floyd and many other victims of police brutality. We share the horror and outrage being expressed throughout our nation.

As we search for justice and healing, we stand in support for our many Black colleagues. We reaffirm our commitment to social justice and to working to end racial inequity and systemic racism.

To support the practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries, MLA reinforces our commitment to:

  • ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully; are intentionally valued for their distinctive skills, experiences, and perspectives; have quality access to resources and opportunities; feel a sense of belonging; and can contribute fully to the association and the profession;
  • providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, language, culture, nationality, age, ability status, and religion; and
  • protecting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Believing that libraries exist to create a welcoming, comfortable, and safe environment for our users, the MLA Board of Directors calls upon members of our association and the health sciences library community to:

  • acknowledge our own privileges and biases and try to work through them;
  • educate ourselves on racism and inequality and how to fight it;
  • work within our institutions to refocus the issues surrounding health disparities related to race; and
  • provide a safe and inclusive space within our libraries.

We value the dialogue and contributions provided for this statement from MLA caucuses, including the African American Medical Library Alliance Caucus, Hospital Library Caucus, Latinx Caucus, and Social Justice + Health Disparities Caucus. MLA’s forty-three caucuses represent the diverse voices that enrich our profession. We celebrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP
MLA President

American Public Health Assocation Webinar Series

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Stigma, inequalities and civil rights injustices remain in our society today.* Unfortunately, skin color plays a large part in how people are viewed, valued and treated. We know that racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of this nation. Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a webinar series about racism's impact on health and disparities.