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Conversation Series: Building trusting relationships by using the right language

Philip Alberti, PhD, Founding Director of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Health Justice, and Pamela Browner White, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and Senior Vice President of Communications at ABIM and the ABIM Foundation, discussed the AAMC’s new Center for Health Justice, which was created in 2021 to address health inequities and improve community health across the US.

Philip also offers insight into the newly developed health equity communication guide, which was published jointly by the AAMC Center for Health Justice and the American Medical Association to support clinicians’ conversations with patients. The comprehensive guide promotes a deeper understanding of equity-focused, first-person language and why it matters. Philip and Pamela discussed why this language is so important in building trusting relationships and its impact in delivering equitable care for all.

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