The Diversity and Inclusion Work Group: Moving ASN Forward

ASN President Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN reports on ASN's progress on advancing diversity and inclusion at the 2016 NIDDK Network of Minority Investigators meeting.

Since its inception in December 2013, the ASN Diversity and Inclusion Work Group has launched a number of successful initiatives: creating an ASN mission, vision, and values statement on diversity and inclusion, transforming collection of demographic information to help inform ASN’s services to its members and the kidney community, adding LGBT representation, and establishing several key partnerships:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)- ASN partnered with RWJF to create the ASN-Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (ASN-AMFDP) award and in 2016 funded Gentzon Hall, MD, PhD of Duke University School of Medicine, whose research focuses on novel gene discovery in African Americans with familial focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.

Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) - In the last 2 years ASN has awarded 34 travel awards to individuals conducting kidney related research, to support their attendance at the NMRI annual workshop.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) - ASN exhibited at the SNMA annual meetings in 2014 and 2015, conducting outreach to medical students, and providing ASN membership to several students at SNMA interested in nephrology.

As part of its focus on sponsorship, the Work Group hosted more than 50 attendees at the first Diversity and Inclusion lunch at ASN Kidney Week. Early and mid-career nephrologists, Kidney STARS participants and Karen L. Campbell Fellows spent time with nephrology leaders. This key networking opportunity also helps ASN benefit from the input and feedback of participants to identify their interests and the existing gaps in ASN efforts to advance diversity and inclusion.

Under ASN’s new strategic plan, the Diversity and Inclusion Work Group is transitioning to a standing committee, the ASN Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This committee will be charged with promoting diversity and inclusiveness at all levels within ASN, to enhance the nephrology profession and the lives of people with kidney diseases through improved health care, research, and education. ASN commends the members of this Work Group; their insights and vision have improved ASN and nephrology.  

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ASN President Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN reports on ASN's progress on advancing diversity and inclusion at the 2016 NIDDK Network of Minority Investigators meeting.

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Since its inception in December 2013, the ASN Diversity and Inclusion Work Group has launched a number of successful initiatives: creating an ASN mission, vision, and values statement on diversity and inclusion, transforming collection of demographic information to help inform ASN’s services to its members and the kidney community, adding LGBT representation, and establishing several key partnerships:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)- ASN partnered with RWJF to create the ASN-Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (ASN-AMFDP) award and in 2016 funded Gentzon Hall, MD, PhD of Duke University School of Medicine, whose research focuses on novel gene discovery in African Americans with familial focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.

Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) - In the last 2 years ASN has awarded 34 travel awards to individuals conducting kidney related research, to support their attendance at the NMRI annual workshop.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) - ASN exhibited at the SNMA annual meetings in 2014 and 2015, conducting outreach to medical students, and providing ASN membership to several students at SNMA interested in nephrology.

As part of its focus on sponsorship, the Work Group hosted more than 50 attendees at the first Diversity and Inclusion lunch at ASN Kidney Week. Early and mid-career nephrologists, Kidney STARS participants and Karen L. Campbell Fellows spent time with nephrology leaders. This key networking opportunity also helps ASN benefit from the input and feedback of participants to identify their interests and the existing gaps in ASN efforts to advance diversity and inclusion.

Under ASN’s new strategic plan, the Diversity and Inclusion Work Group is transitioning to a standing committee, the ASN Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This committee will be charged with promoting diversity and inclusiveness at all levels within ASN, to enhance the nephrology profession and the lives of people with kidney diseases through improved health care, research, and education. ASN commends the members of this Work Group; their insights and vision have improved ASN and nephrology.