ACCELERATE LIVE: White Identity, Race and Racism
We are honored to partner with the Resiliency Center to present this special presentation from VA internist Amy Cowan, who will explore the topic of race and racism through the lens of whiteness. Racism is pervasive in our society and shapes all of our lives. Come together to learn from each other.

any of us lack the skills to discuss race or even know where to start. As we in health care struggle to support colleagues and patients of color during COVID-19, protests and police violence, we must learn how to talk about race without causing more harm.

In this presentation, I will use the photographs of Myra Greene as a starting point for critical thinking. Can surroundings, spaces and environments like the hospital be described as "white"? We will explore what we do as white people to support and benefit from racism and how we can interrupt it.

View the June 11, 2020 presentation:

About Amy Cowan, MD

Dr. Cowan grew up on the coast of Oregon. She attended medical school in Hawaii and completed Internal Medicine residency in Portland, Oregon. In 2013, she completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Utah. Dr. Cowan is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Her clinical practice is at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City. She is an Assistant Professor on faculty at the University of Utah. She is involved in clinical education, research and patient care. She has received several teaching awards for outstanding teaching and service. Dr. Cowan is passionate about staff and trainee well-being. Her willingness to go first even when it’s vulnerable and learn along side those she is training sets her apart.  


Amy Cowan

Internal Medicine, George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Assistant Professor (Clinical), General Internal Medicine, University of Utah Health

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