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1 Introduction
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... As the virus has persisted, with no universal treatment or vaccine in place as of the writing of this report, efforts to understand and minimize this disparity have become critical. On June 23, 2020, the Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine of the National Academies of S­ ciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a virtual workshop to discuss the landscape of COVID-19, including how systemic racism contributes to the disproportionate effects related to infection rates and mortality of this virus and other health conditions.
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... In his role as NAM president, Dr. Dzau issued a statement on racial equity and the adverse effects of racism that says in part:2 I commit to ensuring that all people and especially people of color feel safe and supported while working at the NAM, as well as to pursuing racial equity in our organizational policies and procedures.
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... Beyond its own operations, he said, "the NAM has a great platform to make a difference," in terms of convening groups to study societal issues that can influence policy, and structural racism and inequity will be addressed across the range of NAM programs and topics. One of the most significant outputs of NAM's Culture of Health Program,3 funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was publication of Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity (NASEM, 2017)
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... Laurencin said, "We believe it is crucial for success in America." At its December 2019 inaugural meeting, the Roundtable set forth how it would operate at each meeting to encompass data gathering, ideas generation, a business meeting, and a workshop planned by one of six action groups. The action groups cover public advocacy, mentorship and advising, psychological factors, racism and bias, pre-kindergarten to graduate education, and financing.
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... In accordance with the policies of the National Academies, workshop participants did not attempt to establish any conclusions or recommendations about needs and future directions. In addition, the Planning Committee's role was limited to planning the workshop.
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... Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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