New California Law Requires Bias Training for Physicians and other Medical Providers

On Friday October 11, 2019 Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB464 that expands women’s reproductive health care rights and helps reduce preventable maternal morbidity and mortality among Black women by requiring implicit bias training for all doctors and medical providers, including those providing prenatal care.

“Black women do deserve better,” states California Senator Holly Mitchell and ABWP’s 2018 Humanitarian of the Year Recipient. “When we recognize that the black maternal mortality rate is four times higher of other racial groups that is why the bill is before you today.”


ABWP Keeps On Giving

Magazine of the Tufts University Medical and Sackler Alumni Associations



Why I Give
Ana Lopes Johnson, M01

By Helene Ragovin

FAMILY DOCTOR Lopes Johnson grew up in Rhode Island, the child of Cape Verdean immigrants. Her father developed Parkinson’s disease and died from complications when she was sixteen—the experience of watching her parents navigate the world of doctors and hospitals set the course for her career. “There were not many physicians who looked like us,” Lopes Johnson said. “There was always a language barrier. I wanted to rewrite the script.” She chose primary care: “I had that vision of being that doctor who did everything.” She practices family medicine with Facey Medical Group in Mission Hills, California, and is president of the Association of Black Women Physicians.

SUPPORT SYSTEM From the open-door policy at the office of student affairs, to the advice from deans during rotations and residency decisions, the School of Medicine buoyed Lopes Johnson and helped her succeed. In appreciation, she has been a loyal backer of the Annual Fund. “The challenges I had are similar to the ones students are facing now: the cost of attendance, the fears of the unknown,” she said.

FULL CIRCLE Lopes Johnson and her family sponsored a dissection table in the new Michael Jaharis Jr. M87P, H15 Anatomy Lab. “I remember going to the anatomy lab the first day, and I couldn’t cut the cadaver because I did not have closure on my father’s death,” recalled Lopes Johnson. So the School of Medicine connected her with a counselor. “It was transformational,” she said. And so many years later, “when the opportunity to donate a table presented itself, it was an opportunity for me to build a legacy; to say thank you to the administrators who were kind and helped me find my way; and to change the future for another medical student who will write a new page in Tufts’ history,” she said. “It has given me a chance to go full circle.”

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CMA Doc: Valencia Walker, M.D.

Why improving patient and public health must involve physicians.

  • June 12, 2017

Photo: Ari Moshayedi, Physician Magazine.

“The work that needs to be done (in promulgating state legislation for public health), must involve physicians,” she said. “We can translate many of our critical thinking and problem-solving skills from medicine into the public policy arena. Also, we must help people see why and how we are so dedicated to doing the best that we can for our patients and our patients’ families.” – Valencia Walker, M.D.

Name: Valencia Walker, M.D.
Specialty: Neonatology
City: Los Angeles
Member Since: 2006

A career in medicine was not initially what Valencia Walker, M.D., pictured for herself. In high school, she dreamed of being an archaeologist, but eventually realized she “didn’t want to be in dirt all the time.” Under the guidance of her parents and a supportive high school science teacher, she realized she had a natural curiosity for science. “I fell in love with my biology classes and couldn’t believe how easy it seemed for me,” she said. Armed with a clearer vision of her talents and goals, she set her sights becoming a physician.


“My mom and dad didn’t have college degrees, but they taught us to love learning and helping others. Becoming a physician seemed like the perfect way to do both,” said Dr. Walker. “It is a challenging and rewarding profession that always demands our best.”


Today, she provides round the clock critical care to babies as a neonatologist in Los Angeles. She works tirelessly for her “children” and as an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


Her engagement in organized medicine began soon after completing her medical training and moving to California. She has been a member of the California Medical Association (CMA) and the Los Angeles County Medical Association since 2013.


This year, Dr. Walker had an unexpected opportunity to serve as Chair of CMA’s Council on Legislation. She decided to “be fearless and jump into it” because it represented a chance to work closely with incredibly passionate advocates and strong leaders.


“The dedication and commitment displayed by so many who take time away from their practices to participate in shaping the future of health and medicine in California is humbling and inspiring,” Dr. Walker said.


Dr. Walker’s decision to get involved in organized medicine came from her dedication to her patients and was inspired by history. “Physicians have been doing this work for hundreds of years,” she said.  She points to Rudolf Virchow as a good example. He was a German physician, anthropologist, pathologist, biologist, writer, editor and politician —  known for his advancement of public health, she said. “He firmly believed that physicians were politicians, and he was a very outspoken advocate for his patients.” 


As a physician, she says, she can advocate for social and political reform as part of her efforts to improve patient and public health. “The work that needs to be done (in promulgating state legislation for public health), must involve physicians,” she said. “We can translate many of our critical thinking and problem-solving skills from medicine into the public policy arena. Also, we must help people see why and how we are so dedicated to doing the best that we can for our patients and our patients’ families.”


At the recent CMA Legislative Advocacy Day, Dr. Walker shared her personal experience of playing in her high school orchestra. She contrasted the cacophony of noises made by instruments all trying to be heard  with the various individual physicians in California. She then reminded CMA members that CMA provides the opportunity for thousands of California physicians to unite their individual voices into a powerful symphony that can move people to effective change. “From cacophony to symphony, we are stronger, more effective and incredibly effective when we find unity within our diverse perspectives,” said Dr. Walker.


Dr. Walker is also immediate past president of the Black Women Physicians Association and finds time to volunteer on medical missions to Guatemala, Tanzania and Haiti.


California’s doctors aren’t just health care and medical experts. They’re also community leaders, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and policymakers dedicated to ensuring that patients receive quality health care at an affordable cost. #CMAdocs showcases California physicians leading the charge to help their communities thrive.

Dr. La Tanya R. Hines Plans On Making A Difference At Kaiser Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw



By Brian W. Carter, Staff Writer

Published September 14, 2017

Kaiser Permanente (KP) Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical opened Thursday, September 7, to the community. The new facility in the heart of South L.A. is a step forward toward bringing easy access to healthcare in an area with specific needs.  Hines, M.D., OB/GYN is about bringing those specific needs to the community.

“I am a California native, born and raised in South Central Los Angeles,” said Hines, “born and raised on 45th and Western, so I’m right down the street.” She remembers that this new facility sits on what used to be Santa Barbara Blvd and the many changes that have occurred over the decades.

Hines’ journey towards becoming a doctor is one that started with the influence of her family. Her grandmother was one of the first African Americans to attend Bishop College in Texas. Her grandparents would later move to California with no family or friends and put down roots.

“[Grandmother] absolutely believed in education, she believed in reading, so I, from a very, very young age, knew how to read and write well,” said Hines.

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HIV and WOMEN: Case Series

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Our most excellent guest speaker:

Princy N. Kumar, MD, MACP
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine
Senior Associate Dean of Students; Georgetown University School of Medicine

@Harold & Belles on September 10th, 2017

Council on Concerns of Women Physicians Awards Luncheon

Council on Concerns of Women Physicians Awards Luncheon was outstanding. The honorees are trailblazers. Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood received the organization award. Dr. Câmara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD had the crowd on their feet with her story about sitting at the table of opportunity. Thank you to Dr. Glenda F. Newell-Harris, national president of The Links, Inc., Dr. Edith Mitchell, Past president of NMA and Kaye Husbands Fealing, PhD for your incredible stories and work in medicine. Congratulations to the award recipients. #NMA2017, #ABWP

Why are female doctors introduced by first name while men are called ‘Doctor’?

June 24
Julia Files and Anita Mayer, physicians at the Mayo Clinic, started seeing a pattern: When their male colleagues were introduced at conferences, they were usually called “Doctor.” But the men introduced them and other female doctors by their first names.The pair quickly realized they weren’t alone. Sharonne Hayes, another Mayo doctor, had noticed the same thing. While a male colleague would be introduced as “Dr. Joe Smith,” for example, the women were often simply called “Julia,” “Anita” and “Sharonne.”

So the three decided to study speaker introductions at “grand rounds” — events where doctors, researchers, residents and medical students present medical problems and treatments for discussion. Their research showed that unequal introductions were real — that women were less likely than men to be introduced by professional title when men did the introducing.

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