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(May 2021) In light of increasing anti-Asian attacks, violence, and hate crimes, the ACP California Southern Region I, California Southern Region II, California Southern Region III, California Northern, North Dakota, Hawaii, Montana, Idaho and Massachusetts Chapters condemn and denounce all forms of racism, violence, and bias against all races and ethnic groups in the strongest possible terms. We stand in solidarity with all victims of violence and their families as well as any fellow Pan Asian community members facing anti-Asian attacks or discrimination.
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(April 2021) The MA ACP Governor, Dr. Choi, was recently interviewed about how to reach the patients who have not yet been vaccinated.
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Addendum: updated list of shooting victims names:
Hyun Jung Grant (51), Suncha Kim (69), Soon Chung Park (74), Yong Ae Yue (63), Xiaojie Tan (49), Daoyou Feng (44), Delaina Ashley Yaun (33), Paul Andre Michels (54)
(March 2021) The Massachusetts ACP Chapter expresses its heartfelt and deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the Atlanta shootings earlier this week - Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, Hyeon Jeong Park, Julie Park, Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and 2 as yet unidentified victims. While details surrounding the shootings continue to emerge, it is confirmed that the shooting victims were murdered by a 21-year-old white man who targeted Asian owned massage and spa businesses. Six out of the eight shooting victims were of Asian descent, and four of the eight were of Korean descent. All but one of the victims were women. This violence happened in the context of markedly increased incidence of anti-Asian racism, discrimination, bias, harassment, and violence, that has emerged with the COVID-19 pandemic. The shootings of earlier this week did not happen in a vacuum. Massachusetts ACP Chapter condemns racism, racially motivated violence, and hatred based on race, gender/gender identity, or any other self-identifying characteristic of individuals.
ACP has denounced anti-Asian racism in the wake of COVID-19, has addressed hate crimes as a public health issue, and supports anti-racism approaches to health:
Massachusetts ACP Chapter stands with and supports our Asian/Asian American/pan-Asian community members, patients, colleagues, and physicians. We stand against racism and hatred. We commit to anti-racism. Together, supporting each other and our patients with compassion and empathy, we will be stronger.
Elisa I. Choi, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Governor, Massachusetts Chapter, American College of Physicians
With the members of the Governor’s Council
(July 2019) The Massachusetts Chapter participated with the Massachusetts Medical Society on a survey by Shatterproof, RIZE MA, and GE Foundation on stigma around screening and treating patients with opioid use disorder. The study found that stigma around addiction extends to the provider community. Click here for the press release and survey white paper.