Osteopathic organizations unite to denounce racism and inequality

By AOA Staff


As demonstrations and protests continue to grip communities across our nation, the AOA strongly reaffirms the statement we made on June 4, 2020, expressing solidarity with all who are impacted by systemic racism and inequality. More than 50 affiliate organizations have reached out to voice unified support of the statement, helping to further strengthen and amplify the collective voice of the osteopathic medical profession. We are proud to add them as co-signers to the original statement posted below:

The American Osteopathic Association joins with our osteopathic affiliate organizations (listed below) to publicly express our profound sadness in response to the tragic death of George Floyd, and we firmly stand with all who are impacted by systemic racism and inequality. In addition to recognizing the personal loss for Mr. Floyd’s family and loved ones, we mourn the stark reality that overt racism, unfortunately, still exists within our nation.

The osteopathic profession has always proudly embraced diversity and inclusion and the unqualified value placed on human life. We have a long-standing commitment to addressing health disparities and supporting programs aimed at reducing violence of all kinds, including those that have a disproportionate impact on minority communities. We embrace the belief that all aspects of an individual, including but not limited to race, contribute to the whole person and should never result in disadvantage or infliction of harm.

We are hopeful that through this tragedy, meaningful and necessary social reform can and will occur, and we are uplifted by the peaceful protests uniting all races and ethnicities in support of equality and justice. At the same time, we are deeply disappointed that the criminal actions of the few have, in part, overshadowed the lawful and righteous efforts of peaceful protestors across our nation.

Our hearts are heavy, but our will is strong. The osteopathic community will continue working on the front lines to help heal the nation and look to a brighter future.

Dr. Burns' signature
Ronald R. Burns, DO
President, American Osteopathic Association

Dr. Klauer's signature
Kevin M. Klauer, DO, EJD
CEO, American Osteopathic Association

Partnering Affiliate Organizations:

  • Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association
  • Alaska Osteopathic Medical Association
  • American Academy of Osteopathy
  • American Fascial Distortion Model Association
  • American College of Osteopathic Neurologists & Psychiatrists
  • American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians & Gynecologists
  • American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians
  • American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine
  • American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine
  • American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • American Osteopathic College of Radiology
  • American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
  • American Osteopathic Foundation
  • American Osteopathic Society of Rheumatic Diseases
  • Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
  • Connecticut Osteopathic Medical Society
  • Florida Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Hawaii Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons
  • Idaho Osteopathic Physicians Association
  • Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society
  • Indiana Osteopathic Association
  • Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Kansas Association of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Louisiana Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Maine Osteopathic Association Board of Directors
  • Massachusetts Osteopathic Society
  • Michigan Osteopathic Association
  • Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society
  • Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons
  • Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners
  • New Hampshire Osteopathic Association
  • New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons
  • New Mexico Osteopathic Medical Association
  • New York State Osteopathic Medical Society
  • North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation
  • Oklahoma Osteopathic Association
  • Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California
  • Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Vermont State Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons
  • Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Washington Osteopathic Medical Association
  • West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Wisconsin Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons