(Do No Harm) – The KU Medical Center (KUMC) at the University of Kansas School of Medicine (KUSOM) has teamed up with UC San Francisco (UCSF) in a program that promotes radical, discriminatory, and divisive concepts – all in the name of research.
A source let us know about the REPAIR Project at KUMC, which is an “anti-racism collaboration” the school is taking part in with UCSF, as well as engaging with “communities of color” in the geographic areas surrounding the KUMC campuses.
KUMC’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is involved in recruiting participants for the REPAIR Project, citing it as a framework of “anti-racism initiatives” to integrate into the MD program’s curriculum and continuing medical education. The goal is “addressing unequal outcomes in our clinics” and “anti-Black racism” by using “a social justice and anti-racism curriculum throughout the medical center.” The structure claims that racial inequities in the healthcare industry and academic medicine are caused by “systemic race-based structural violence and racism in society as a whole.”
The ODEI’s website has a short recruitment video that invites area residents to take part in “an oral history research project” and have their stories heard if they have “received substandard medical care.”
Participants will be asked:
- What are the harms suffered at the hands of the medical profession that local community members carry with them?
- What are their inherited memories and lived experiences of harm at the hands of biomedicine?
- What restorative actions would it take to repair those harms?
- How should KU Medical Center and other area institutions work with communities to design and implement its restorative work?
The site also lists several resources from UCSF:
At UCSF, where the program originated, “REPAIR” is an acronym for “REParations and Anti-Institutional Racism, which provides the unifying theme behind this project.” The three-year initiative, backed by the Regents of the University of California, aims to “address Anti-Black Racism and augment Black, Indigenous, People of Color voices and presence” in the fields of science, healthcare, and medicine. The divisive rhetoric of the REPAIR Project is outlined in the “strategic annual themes:”
Year One: Medical Reparations: Addressing the Ongoing Legacies of Slavery in American Medicine
The premise for the first phase is “an exploration of the legacies of slavery that are intertwined with both histories and ongoing forms of medical racism.” UCSF states that black enrollment in medical education programs has been impeded by “not-so-hidden racism admission practices,” and asks, “What would it mean to rectify and repair these harms in the form of reparations?”
Year Two: Medical Abolitionism
This phase seeks to define how the health sciences can “untangle the current interdependencies between medicine and carceral regimes,” and warns of how physicians may be “unwittingly criminalizing and pathologizing those already marginalized” in the course of their clinical practice. The REPAIR Project suggests that healthcare providers must play a role in “rethinking systems of community safety” that do not include police or security personnel, as well as the development of “emancipatory models of care.”
Year Three: Decolonizing the Health Sciences
The topic for the project’s third year is to investigate “how racism can get coded into biomedicine and social sciences of health.” UCSF defines “decolonization” as “the global reach of white supremacy as an entrenched and invisible ideological system” that has produced “unequal exposures to harm” and discrimination that is both implicit and explicit. The goal? “Craft a decolonized, race-sensitive science of medicine health, and then to consider how that knowledge and knowledge production are best translated for clinical care.”
The University of Kansas School of Medicine and the KU Medical Center is already under investigation by the Office for Civil Rights for a racially discriminatory scholars’ program. Why is the institution also participating in this far-left, California-sponsored project?
Patients shouldn’t be frightened into believing that their doctors don’t have their best interests in mind when seeking treatment at KU Health. Kansas policymakers must act now to remove the REPAIR Project and other destructive ideologies from further degrading the quality of medical education in “the region’s premier academic health center.”