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 anexaminingroom,usingjustmyfirstname,Icringe. Iwastaught to address everyone as Mr. Jones or Mrs. Smith, no matter their age (iftheyareadults),socialstatusorethnicity. Weneedtoteachthat courtesy to our profession all over again.
In terms of ordering exams and consultations, we should be color- blind. Wheneverpatientsfindthatitisnot,theyshouldbeencour- aged to say something. Patients who cannot speak for themselves
in a medical situation need to have patient representatives available to help them, to be sure that they understand their program of care, and to confirm that they have enough information to enable them tomakehardchoices. Hospitalsandlargegrouppracticesshould institute this practice.
What about the base-line health status of minority populations? To the extent that they live in environments with a disproportionate amount of pollution, this needs local zoning changes, sometimes changesinstatelaw. Weallshouldsupportthese.Intermsofthe availability of healthy food, we as a municipality need to make
sure that stores in minority neighborhoods are protected against crime. Toenablepeopletomakehealthylife-stylechoices,weneed tohelpthemwitheducationandtrainingaboutnutrition,effective programs to counter narcotic abuse, and neighborhood facilities in which it is safe to enjoy healthy exercise. The needed nutritional pro- gramsarethebusinessofmedicine,nursingandsocialservices. The waronnarcoticabusehasbeenongoingforyears,andtheresultsstill
arelacking. Itmayneedacompletelynewapproach. Exercisefacilities cost money, and these may be the responsibility of the municipality.
No doubt our medical system has other deficiencies that are visible toourpatientseveniftheyarenottous. Wemustfindoutwhatthese are and collaborate on fixing them.
Schoolsinunderservedareasarefrequentlybelowpar. Parent groups, working with their community and political representatives, need to push hard to address their faults, because a good education not only is the basis for fighting disparities, it is the road to fulfilling work. This may require passing new laws, fighting teachers’ unions, moving morechildrenintoalternativeorreligiousschools. Again,theparents need to push first for change here.
Crime in underserved areas needs more effective policing, more supplementary social services, mental health services, and youth ser- vices. In many cases, we need more police, perhaps also better trained police, not fewer.
Theseareonlyafewexamples. Thisarticlecouldgoonandon.
The point is that we do not need sensitivity training as much as we needimprovedlocaleducationandothervitalservices. Weneedto dissect our disparity problems with a fine scalpel, address the highest priority areas first, set up work groups that are results-oriented, find the financing,andgetthingsdone.Thisiswhattheminoritycommunity deserves,andthisiswhattheyexpect. •
    The Eye, the Brain and the Auto
 9th World Research Congress on Vision and Driving
Health and Modern Mobility: Autonomous Vehicles, Driver’s Fitness to Function, and Naturalistic Driving Methods
A virtual event that will take place on December 7-8, 2020.
The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO), a division of the Department of Ophthalmology, Henry Ford Health System will host this 9th Congress, the only one of its kind, which focuses on the impact of autonomous vehicle technology on healthcare.
Over the course of 2 days, researchers, academics, automotive and health care professionals will discuss the relationship between vision and the safe operation of a motor vehicle.
In addition to the abstract presenters, Keynote Speakers for 2020 include: n Jennifer Dukarski, J.D., Butzel Long, Ann Arbor, MI
n Todd Fletemier, Faurecia Group, Auburn Hill, MI
n Cynthia Owsley, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
n Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer, State of Michigan, Detroit, MI
n Joseph Rizzo, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Boston, MA n Stewart Wang, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
For more information: hcp/research/clinical-research/ vision/research-congress/ eye-brain-auto
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