Kai Anderson, MD, (Saginaw) Assistant Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Assistant Professor/Director of Psychotherapy Training at CMU College of Medicine, is co-founder of the Coalition to Advance Antiracism in Medicine (CAAM). Doctor Anderson serves as Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships with CAAM
Due to health care disparities highlighted by the confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial violence, and police brutality against black and brown people, Doctor Anderson joined Omolara Uwemedimo, MD, in May of 2020 to form a workgroup to combat racism in medical education and residency training programs. Following the tragic death of Susan Moore, MD, a black physician, whose white coat did not protect her from blatant racism, the need to join forces to combat racism in all aspects of health care delivery and medical education was evident. These forces have led Doctor Anderson to work with the CAAM to create a just and equitable health care system where all lives are valued.
CAAM’s mission is to create an inclusive, equitable, and just health care system; to eliminate structural racism in systems of education, practice, research of medicine through the execution of policies, procedures and protections grounded in antiracism; and, to reinforce with systems and structures of accountability.