The events of spring and summer 2020 called attention to the racism and social injustices that still exist in our country, along with their impact on patient and population health and on interprofessional healthcare teams and team members. In the wake of these events, at one University Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, team members were compelled to create a Racial and Social Justice Task Force (RSJT) to address issues of racism and social injustice within ourselves, our team, our programs, and Center. Task force members appreciated the interconnectedness of interprofessional collaborative practice and the need to effect anti-racism in health professions education and healthcare settings, as both interprofessional education and anti-racist efforts involve the need for structural changes, dismantling power imbalances and hierarchies, perspective-taking, and amplifying marginalized voices (Cahn).

The RSJT is comprised of staff and faculty who are committed to expanding conversations around systemic justice issues and implementing change in individual and team practices and Center initiatives. The RSJT’s meetings became a place for team members to discuss and reflect on racism and bias in general, and in our interprofessional student programming and faculty development approaches. We developed a diversity statement and created a self-study tool to encourage critical reflection on our curricula regarding diverse representation, health disparities, and assumptions and stereotypes. Initial efforts at faculty development in these areas will expand over the next year.

This session will focus on the RSJT’s experiences, challenges, lessons learned, and future plans. The interconnectedness of interprofessional practice and education and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work will be highlighted throughout. Attendees will gain ideas on how to start or continue similar interprofessional DEI work within their own teams and organizations so as to strengthen individual practices and educational and clinical teams, and ultimately, positively impact patient and population health.