International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination- Message of Support
Both COVID-19 and global events of 2020 spotlighted pervasive racial discrimination as well as gender and age biases. As such, we recognize the need to continue to learn from the past and work towards a future of equity for all. On 21 March 2021, the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) supports International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
As mental health professionals, we challenge IPA members to look for and work to eliminate existing health care disparities and develop strategies to improve the health status of older adults in diverse populations. These include diagnosis, access to care and treatment options. All patients deserve high-quality mental health care.
In addition, as researchers, IPA members can work to increase inclusion of underrepresented populations in aging research. Finally, we can help build a diverse health care workforce - one that is truly representative of the patients we serve. Supporting and empowering professionals among racial and ethnic minorities.
Ageism, racial and ethnic disparities in health care are not new issues, but we have the opportunity to continue to highlight disparities in care and work to create long-term solutions. We invite you to join us this Sunday, 21 March in support of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Manabu Ikeda, MD, PhD
IPA President Elect
Chair, IPA Advocacy Task Force
Kiran Rabheru, MD, CCFP, FRCP, DABPN
IPA Board of Directors
Co-Chair, IPA Advocacy Task Force