Cardiology: Real-World Tactics to Address Health Inequities

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Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc
Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc

Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc is an Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine. She is also the Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, and Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She is a practicing internist, medical educator, and clinician investigator. Her research pursues health equity and social justice, with a focus on promoting equitable doctor/patient relationships among racial minorities, integrating the medical and social needs of patients, and addressing health care discrimination and structural racism impacting health outcomes (e.g., diabetes, COVID-19). Dr. Peek has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts on health care disparities, diversity, and bias; has been the principal investigator of multiple grants to address health disparities; and has been invited to speak at numerous local and national medical meetings.

Rachel M. Bond, MD, FACC
System Director, Women's Heart Health Dignity Health Gilbert, AZ
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Creighton University School of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ
Co-Chair, Women's and Children's Committee Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.
Rachel M. Bond, MD, FACC

Rachel M. Bond, MD, FACC is a board-certified attending cardiologist in Arizona who has devoted her career to the treatment of heart disease through early detection, education, and prevention. She is a women’s heart health & prevention specialist and the author of several review papers referencing maternal health, sex and gender differences and cardiovascular conditions that predominantly affect women, along with opinion pieces aimed at addressing health equity, reducing health disparities, and promoting the professional development of women and minorities in the health-science profession. She has a passion for advocacy of education and mentorship and has advised as an expert source through news and media outlets. Her clinical interests include heart health prevention and maternal health. Dr. Bond is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology, Association of Black Cardiologists, and the American Heart Association, where she is a national spokesperson for the “Go Red for Women” campaign and sits on the board of directors.

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Vice Chair, Equity Diversity and Inclusion
Department of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor and health equity researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, recently recruited there after an outstanding tenure as a junior faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Essien’s research focuses on racial disparities in the use of novel medications and technologies in the management of cardiovascular diseases. He is a fierce advocate for diversity and equity in medicine and is a highly sought-after speaker on racism and health. He also co-directed a podcast series on “Antiracism in Medicine.” Dr. Essien’s leadership in advancing health equity has resulted in several national awards, including the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40-Under-40 Leaders in Minority Health Award and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship Award. He was also named one of the “30 Leaders Under 40 Transforming Healthcare” by Business Insider and one of the “20 Top Black Physician Social Media Influencers in 2020” by Medscape.

Statement of Need

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia seen around the world. More than 12 million people in the United States will have AF by 2030, quintupling their risk for severe ischemic strokes. While the introduction of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) has enhanced stroke prophylaxis in AF, these medications are not equitably offered to all individuals, for a variety of reasons – both explicit and implicit.

In this CME Outfitters BriefCase activity, an expert faculty follows the journey of a 48-year-old Black female with AF to illuminate disparities in the quality of care she is offered. Frank questions and candid discussions about the impact of implicit bias, social determinants of health, shared decision making, and health literacy provide actionable and individualized strategies to improve outcomes for all patients with AF.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to identify the impact of health inequities in cardiology patients with atrial fibrillation; individualize a holistic treatment plan for cardiology care to improve patient outcomes.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience

Physicians, physician associates (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses, pharmacists, specializing in cardiology, surgery, primary care, or emergency medicine

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Activity UAN: JA0007185-0000-22-125-H01-P

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Dr. Peek reports the following financial relationships: Consultant: Pfizer Inc.

Dr. Bond reports no financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Essien reports the following financial relationships: Grants: Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Division.

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  • Jeffrey Helfand, DO (peer reviewer)
  • Meghann Taft-Lockard (planning committee)
  • Thomas Mitchell (planning committee)
  • Warren Beckman (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

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Cardiology: Real-World Tactics to Address Health Inequities
Event Date: 12/29/2022 at 5:00 am EST