DISPARITIES LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: ALVIN POWELL, MD

Internal Medicine, Nephrologist
Cone Health

Greensboro, NC

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Class of 2017-2018


Why are you passionate about this work?

I work in a city and hospital that had segregated and disparate healthcare. Although that sanctioned injustice no longer exists, disparities persist for patients with kidney failure on dialysis. People of color are disproportionately affected by kidney failure and are less likely to receive a kidney transplant. As I serve people receiving dialysis and hoping for kidney transplants, I have passion every day to see an improvement in this inequity.

What was your “aha” moment while working on equity-related efforts at your organization?

My “aha moment” was recognizing that health equity is as important as any other quality or safety initiative.

What part of the Disparities Leadership Program has been the most useful in moving your work forward?

The telephone and email support from the DLP staff has been instrumental in guiding us in pursuing our “ask.”

What is one piece of advice you would give anyone working on disparities/equity-related efforts?

Be patient, persistent, get incremental wins and be in it for the long haul. Diversity in opinion and thought is better for all of us.

 

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