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Diversity and Outreach Committee

 

NANS's Statement on the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion

June 5, 2020 - The North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) stands in unity with the Council of Medicine Specialty Societies (CMSS) and the 800,000 physicians across 45 medical specialties that deplore the negative impact of racism in our nation and of racial inequities in our healthcare system. Racism in our society cannot be ignored as it undermines public health. CMSS steadfastly supports its member specialty societies working to promote equity and reduce the adverse impact of racism. We are committed to using our platform to improve the health of every patient we serve.

NANS promotes multidisciplinary collaboration among clinicians, scientists, engineers and others to advance neuromodulation through education, research, innovation and advocacy. Through these efforts, NANS seeks to promote and advance the highest quality patient care.

NANS believes that diversity and inclusion are important to the overall mission of the organization. We reassert our efforts to promote an equal and diverse workforce as well as advocate for patients of all backgrounds and ethnicities to access and benefit from neuromodulation therapies. Most importantly, we recognize that all forms of bias, both implicit and overt, must be addressed and overcome in order to achieve the goals of the organization. 

The Diversity and Outreach Committee (DOC) of NANS has been charged with assessing the current state of ethnic diversity within NANS and investigating any possible barriers to accessing neuromodulation therapies by those who live in traditionally underserved communities by pursuing three distinct projects: Mentorship, Outreach, and Research. These projects all aim to bolster NANS mission of promoting collaboration among all members and encouraging greater access to neuromodulation education, research, and advocacy. We must all take action, to right the inequities within the healthcare system and society, to unite against racism.

NANS will remain committed to lending our support to policies that address health disparities and inequities in our healthcare system that adversely affect vulnerable populations and we are here to support a more just, equitable culture and system for all. We look forward to continuing our collaborations in these endeavors. 

Yours in Unity,

Peter Konrad, MD PhD
President, NANS
Lawrence Poree, MD MPH PhD
Co-Chair, NANS Diversity and Outreach Committee 
Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA FASA
Co-Chair, NANS Diversity and Outreach Committee 


The NANS Board of Directors always believed that diversity and inclusion are important to the overall mission of the organization. We feel that it not only increases the reach of our specialty but also improves overall patient care.

The Diversity and Outreach Committee (DOC) has been charged with assessing the current state of ethnic diversity within NANS and investigating any possible barriers to accessing neuromodulation therapies by those who live in traditionally underserved communities by pursuing three distinct projects: Mentorship, Outreach, and Research. These projects all aim to bolster NANS’s mission of promoting collaboration among all members and encouraging greater access to neuromodulation education, research, and advocacy.

Read more about the DOC's current projects in the Spring 2020 issue of the newsletter. Members must be logged into their account to view the newsletter.

We need help in finalizing the vision for this committee.  If you would like to participate in these efforts and get connected with the committee, please contact the Caroline McCormack at cmccormack@neuromodulation.org.

 

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  • Jan. 14-17, 2021

    2021 NANS Annual Meeting
    Harnessing the Force of Neuromodulation
    Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
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