Paving the path toward social justice: Advancing the discourse on anti-racism in medicine

This presentation will explore the definition of health equity, the impact of structural racism on health, and the history of racial inequities in medicine. Connections will be drawn between the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, the example inspired by 'Abdu’l-Bahá and the current discourse on racism in medicine, health equity and social determinants of health.  Anti-racism medical curriculum development will be explored in light of an emerging conceptual framework that connects the current discourse in medicine on anti-racism with Bahá’u’lláh’s fundamental teaching on the oneness of humankind. 

  • Race
  • Racial Justice
  • Health

  • Shahrzad Saririan

    Dr. Shahrzad Saririan is a Family Physician and Medical Educator.  She practices at a local Community Health Center in Phoenix, Arizona. She completed a fellowship in faculty development and currently serves as the founding Director of the Primary Care Scholars Program, Director of the Family Medicine Clerkship and faculty in the Department of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. Among her current academic interests are how to advance the discourse on social determinants of health and the role of community in addressing health.

  • May Sanaee

    Dr. May Sanaee is a practicing Urogynecologist in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She completed her OBGYN residency at McMaster University and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Sanaee has completed a Masters in Health Professions Education and works closely with the University of Alberta medical school and OBGYN residency programs in the capacity of surgical foundations program lead and education specialist. Dr. Sanaee enjoys exploring small towns in western Canada by providing locum OBGYN services in rural communities.

  • Maryam Hockley

    Dr. Maryam Hockley is a Bahá’í raised in Phoenix, AZ now living in Fresno, CA completing a pediatric residency. She earned her MD/MPH from the University of AZ. She previously worked with non-profits bringing care to underserved communities. More recently, she worked in vaccine clinics and gave educational talks on COVID. She has co-authored articles for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine on surprise billing and human trafficking, and published research on cerebral palsy and vitamin D. She strives to eliminate healthcare disparities in underserved communities and across racial divides.


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The views expressed in this recording are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the views of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, nor the authoritative explications of Bahá’í writings.