Diversity Section January 2011 Newsletter

 
The Obesity Society
Diversity Section Newsletter
January 2011

From the Diversity Section Leadership Team

 

I guess it's not too late to still wish everyone a Happy New Year! This is the first official communication we've had with the Diversity Section since the meeting in San Diego in October. I was very enthusiastic about the input provided by everyone at the meeting before, during, and after our Diversity Section meeting. Now the job is to keep the momentum going. In this newsletter, we wanted to remind you of the goals we identified, brief you on some plans to help accomplish those goals, and update you on relevant happenings within TOS.

 

To make these goals realities, it will require a little bit of effort from a lot of people...along with some great coordination from our staff friends at TOS. We think that your involvement in the Section is critical to making things happen. And given the passion that we observed in the room at the Section meeting, I'm sure that we won't have any problems getting you going.

 

Please read the newsletter carefully and get involved with a cause. We're looking forward to a great 2011 for the Diversity Section with your help!

 

Jamy Ard, MD

Diversity Section Chair 2010 - 2011

Diversity Section Goals for 2011

 

At the annual meeting, Section members identified 3 goals for the year. These goals included creating a "Diversity Tour" and associated prize for accepted abstracts at the 2011 annual meeting, working to increase the representation of diversity content and membership within TOS, and increasing public engagement and activity in translational research. These goals are ambitious but represent some very achievable benchmarks that when accomplished will enhance our experiences within TOS.


 Goal 1: Diversity Tour and Prize 

 

This is something that is very doable for the 2011 annual meeting. Rather than having physical tours with scheduled times, we will identify abstracts related to diverse populations and identify them in the program and on the posters. Meeting attendees can then be sure to visit the identified posters and presentations at their convenience. The best presentation for each tract/category will be identified as such in the program.

 

To get this done, we need the following:

  1. People to volunteer to review accepted abstracts
  2. People to help get the word out about this tour to promote submissions
  3. People to help with the logistics-identifying posters/presentations at the meeting, getting the presentations identified in the program

(To get involved with this, contact Jamy Ard, subject: Diversity Goal 1) 


  

Goal 2: Increase representation of diversity content and membership wthin TOS

 

This is a large goal that overlaps to some extent with the goals of some other groups, particularly with regards to generally increasing membership. One strategy to have some appreciable impact on content and membership is by promoting ourselves-the members of our Section do great things and we need to make them more visible to TOS at large.

 

To get this done, we need the following: 

  1. Establish a working group of approximately 5 people that will be tasked with nominating members from diverse backgrounds for TOS awards. You may click the links to view the available awards and previous awardees.
  2. Continue to track the percent of content that is related to diversity issues and report this annually. This can be accomplished by default when we create the Diversity Tour because all of the abstracts will be catalogued.

Continue to track the percent of content that is related to diversity issues and report this annually. This can be accomplished by default when we create the Diversity Tour because all of the abstracts will be catalogued.

 

  (To get involved with this, contact Jamy Ard, subject: Diversity Goal 2) 

 

 


 

Goal 3: Increasing public engagement and translational research 

 

This is another large goal that is related to taking on more of an advocacy role and using our collective networks to disseminate what we consider to be the best science and clinical practice in the field of obesity. This is especially important for us because the people, communities, and groups that are most diverse are typically last to get engaged.

 

To get this done, we need the following:

  1. More concrete ideas about things that we can do collectively to provide a voice to this issue

(To get involved with this, contact Jamy Ard, subject: Diversity Goal 3)



Did you know?

 

Abstract submission for the 2011 annual meeting is scheduled to open Friday, February 11, 2011 and close Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Get your submissions ready-you can be a part of the first annual Diversity Tour!

 

It's not too early to begin thinking about taking on a leadership role within TOS. The nomination process will begin this spring. If you are interested but have questions about what might be a good role for you, let us know and we'll be happy to help.  Please contact Kathryn Kaiser regarding leadership roles.

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