The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has appointed Jinel Scott, MD, as its representative to the recently established Radiology Health Equity Coalition. The coalition brings together the radiology community to address health disparities and measurably change outcomes.
This network of patient-focused radiologists will collect and disseminate resources and best practices, advocate for and connect with patients and community members, and collaborate on programs and services to empower their colleagues to improve healthcare equity.
“At the National Convention of the Medical Committee of Human Rights in 1966, Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Of all the forms of inequity, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane,’” Scott says. “Radiology has a role in addressing inequities in health care and I am proud to represent the RSNA as a part of the Radiology Health Equity Coalition.”
Scott is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, and director of emergency imaging, quality, and patient safety services at Kings County Hospital Center, both in New York City. In addition to being the RSNA representative to the Radiology Health Equity Coalition, Scott is a member of RSNA’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
In a recent Radiology review article, “Narrowing the Gap: Imaging Disparities in Radiology,” Scott, along with colleagues Stephen Waite, MD, and Daria Colombo, MD, outlined the important role of radiology in meeting the health care needs of underserved populations. “Knowledge, research and advocacy are the keys to implementing affirmative changes in the system. The time for action is now,” the authors wrote.
RSNA joins the American College of Radiology, the American Board of Radiology, the American Roentgen Ray Society, the Association of University Radiologists, the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Department, and the Society of Interventional Radiology in advancing the coalition.