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Topics of discussion

  • The Journey to becoming anti-racist

  • What we have learned about ourselves and the system

  • Resources that you've found

  • Tough conversations you've had or want to have

Today I sat down with healthcare worker and activist Anna Lovotti. Anna is a physical therapist who recently moved to California to put her newest niche as a Neurology Certified Specialist to good use. She like many, was jolted into action regarding anti-racist education as a white ally following the death of George Floyd. Today we talk about what the process has been like, the bumps along the way and what is left to be learned. Antiracism is not a checklist or a class where you complete a few assignments. I also want to note that we talked about 1 instance in which I experienced racism at my alma mater. The individual who committed this act is no longer with the institution, and I do want to say that sitting down with her to talk about about it and naming the wrongs did provide for some therapeutic healing

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  • Wicked”is a common slang term used in Massachussetts meaning “a lot” or “excellent”

  • The Optimal Theory of Motor Learning: proposes three conditions to optimize motivation and attentional focus to improve motor performance (short-term) and motor learning (long-term): autonomy, enhanced expectancies, external focus. Autonomy is the quality of state of being self-governed.

  • Hoffman et al. : “Racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations, and false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites” by Kelly M Hoffman, Sophie Trawalter, Jordan R Axt, M Norman Oliver. The authors examined whether this racial bias is related to false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites (e.g., "black people's skin is thicker than white people's skin"). These findings suggest that individuals with at least some medical training hold and may use false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites to inform medical judgments, which may contribute to racial disparities in pain assessment and treatment.

  • The 15th Amendment theoretically granted African-American men the right to vote. It was adopted in 1870. The 3/5th rule also referred to as the “three-fifths compromise”,compromise agreement between delegates from the Northern and the Southern states in the United States that 3 of every 5 enslaved people could be counted for determining direct taxation and representation in the House of Representatives.

  • Snyder Act of 1924 Native American culture admitted Native Americans born in the U.S. to full U.S. citizenship. Though the Fifteenth Amendment, passed in 1870, granted all U.S. citizens the right to vote regardless of race, it wasn't until the Snyder Act that Native Americans could enjoy the rights granted by this amendment.

  • Justice in June : is a resource compiled by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace's oversight for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies. Through these resources you are able to choose how much time you have each day to become more informed as step one to becoming an active ally to the black community.

  • NCS stands for Neurology Clinical Specialist. It is a licensed physical therapist who: 1) completed over 2000 hours of neurologic clinical practice while working with individuals who have neurologic dysfunction. 2) demonstrated competency in the following areas: Patient Care (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention), Patient Education, Interpretation of Research, Administration, Consultation. 3) passed the Neurologic Clinical Specialist Examination. 4) obtained certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).

  • Does putting your iphone on airplane mode make it charge faster? Well, while there is not science on a cellular level, I make the educated assumption with your iphone being on airplane mode, it removes energy from receiving notifications. As CBS News reported, the less your iPhone is doing, the fast it will be able to charge. In the grand scheme of things it will only save you a few minutes.

The Color Code: is a personality assessment that assigns traits by color.

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