Take Action

Pharmaceutical, Research, and Biotech Organizations

Commit to acting for equity by first signing up for the Rise to Health Coalition. Next, follow the suggested activities and actions below.

1. Commit to Acting for Equity

Commit to taking at least one action from each category.
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Commit to Acting for Equity

Activities

• Sign up for the Fireside Chats

Sign up for a cohort of our groundbreaking series of Fireside Chats tailored for the pharmaceutical, research, and biotechnology industries. The Fireside Chats aim to mobilize and equip individuals and organizations with concrete skills and tools needed to advance equity and racial justice. 

The Fireside Chats include the opportunity for participants to attend an all-expenses-paid in-person anti-racism training with the Groundwater Institute. Cohort 2 begins on April 17, 2024.

Register to attend the information session for the Fireside Chats Series, Cohort 2. 
Information Session Call Date: Feb 21, at 3 PM ET

2. Getting Grounded in History & Your Local Context

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Get grounded in history and local context

Activities

• Facilitate increasing knowledge among all staff and board members about the history of racism and other forms of oppression (sexism, ableism, classism, ageism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, etc.) at the national, local, and organizational levels.

Courses:

IHI TA 104: Building Skills for Anti-Racism Work: Supporting the Journey of Hearts, Minds, and Action

The Groundwater Approach: Building a practical understanding of structural racism 

AMA Basics of Health Equity

Webinars:

National Health Equity Grand Rounds

• Examine and identify historical and contemporary examples of inequitable harms in national, local, and organizational policies and practices, including reviewing organizational archives. 

REIA: Race Forward's Racial Equity Impact Assessment

3. Identifying Opportunities for Improvement

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Identify opportunities for improvement

Activities

• Regularly assess your top 5-10 revenue-generating products for accessibility, affordability, and relevance to marginalized people.

REIA: Race Forward's Racial Equity Impact Assessment

Health Disparities in Pharmacy Practice Within the Community: Let's Brainstorm for Solutions

• Advance access to drug coverage and health care affordability through pricing, distribution channels, and alternatives to commercial pharmacies for at least one illness/condition that disproportionately impacts marginalized communities.

Making Medicines Affordable- NCBI Bookshelf (nih.gov)

WHO's guideline on country pharmaceutical pricing policies 2020

4. Taking Initiative

Invest in health innovations developed specifically to improve health and/or eliminate inequities experienced by marginalized communities.
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Taking Initiative with Others

Activities

• Apply design and data justice approaches that value and foster accountability to marginalized community members who will be impacted by solution implementation. 

We All Count Data Tools

Develop processes to ensure that a proportionally representative population of potential users and stakeholders are engaged in an equity-centered participatory design process.

In Full Health Equitable Health Innovation Solution Development Toolkit - In Full Health

• Invest in accessible and plain-language communications, language interpretation, and translation services.

Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Health Literacy in Clinical Research
 

5. Making Equity a Strategic Priority

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Identify opportunities for improvement

Activities

• For C-suite leaders: know your workforce (equity) data

2021 CEO Blueprint for Racial Equity

Government Racial Equity Alliance Tools & Resources

• Set and align performance incentives to organizational equity goals 

2021 CEO Blueprint for Racial Equity

Government Racial Equity Alliance Tools & Resources

• Assess the organization’s budget model and ensure it will advance health equity

Government Alliance on Race and Equity Racial Equity Toolkit: An Opportunity to Operationalize Equity

• Identify and engage key community-based organizations as partners for planning and implementing initiatives designed to address social and structural drivers of health

Government Alliance on Race & Equity: Racial Equity: Getting to Results Resource Guide

6. Advocacy and Accountability for Thriving Communities

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Taking Initiative with Others

Activities

• Align organizational priorities with those of community partners

PolicyLink Equity Development ToolKit

• Advocate for reforms to address social and structural drivers of health at the national, state, and/or local levels 

People Power Health's Health Equity Activism and Refection Training (HEART)

ACPM Learning and Using the Policymaking Process to Serve Minoritized Communities 

• Make investments that support thriving communities by hiring locally and create career pathways to build wealth, invest in the built environment, and purchase locally to support marginalized people and businesses

Rush University Medical Center: The Anchor Mission Playbook