ACEP Statement on Remarks by Ohio State Senator Steve Huffman

Washington, D.C.—The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and its Ohio Chapter released the following statement in response to recent remarks from Ohio State Senator Steve Huffman, who is not an ACEP member:

“ACEP and its Ohio Chapter are shocked and disappointed by the racist and misinformed comments made by State Senator Steve Huffman, which do not reflect the mission of ACEP, the leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients, and the public. As we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, we are acutely aware of the disproportionate impact the virus has on communities of color. Emergency physicians play a critical role in promoting health equity in the communities that we serve, and ACEP recognizes that structural racism and bias hinder access to medical care and exacerbate health disparities. Racism is a social determinant of health, and ACEP encourages health professionals and public servants to acknowledge this factor. Now more than ever, we need elected officials and health leaders to facilitate a constructive, solutions-based conversation on how we can collectively tackle these systemic and explicit issues.”

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the national medical society representing emergency medicine. Through continuing education, research, public education and advocacy, ACEP advances emergency care on behalf of its 39,000 emergency physician members, and the more than 150 million Americans they treat on an annual basis. For more information, visit www.acep.org and www.emergencyphysicians.org.

Contact: Maggie McGillick | mmcgillick@acep.org | Twitter @EmergencyDocs

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