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In 2020, SOAP convened a subcommittee to provide guidance to the Board of Directors and advance SOAP's initiatives aimed at diversity and inclusivity. The subcommittee recommended, and the Board of Directors adopted, the SOAP statement on diversity and inclusivity below. SOAP is grateful for the leadership of Allison Lee, MD, MS, and subcommittee members Carlos Delgado, MD; Paloma Toledo, MD, MPH; Vernon Ross, MD; and Ron George, MD.


 Townhall Meeting on Diversity and Inclusivity

At the February 25 Townhall Meeting on Diversity and Inclusivity, a diverse panel of SOAP members shared their insights as SOAP debuted its Diversity & Inclusivity Statement. Our sincere thanks to Cynthia Wong, MD; J. Franklin Hatchett, Jr., MD; C. LaToya Mason, MD, FASA; Cesar Padilla, MD; and Nwadiogo Ejiogu, MD, MA.


SOAP Diversity and Inclusivity Award

On May 12, we will present the first-ever SOAP Diversity & Inclusivity Award, recognizing a member actively doing the important work of promoting Diversity & Inclusivity in their communities and workplaces. The SOAP Diversity and Inclusivity Award will recognize outstanding obstetric anesthesiologists who have acted to address racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes and made significant contributions to increasing diversity and inclusivity of the anesthesiology workforce through their scholarship, mentorship and leadership. The recipient will be announced at the May 12 Annual Business Meeting.


Diversity and Inclusivity Statement

Adopted January 29, 2021

SOAP is committed to diversity and inclusivity throughout our organization. We acknowledge that there are historical and ongoing structural inequities in our world. SOAP rejects discriminatory policies and behaviors in all forms.

More diverse organizations outperform their peers. By striving to achieve diversity within SOAP, our members will be better positioned to serve diverse patient populations and improve pregnancy-related outcomes.

Diversity is any dimension that can differentiate groups and people from one another, including but not limited to differences based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and geographical origin. A diverse organization creates a culture where the values of inclusion, respect and appreciation are reinforced. Inclusivity provides equitable access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized.

SOAP is committed to:

  • Assessing the degree of diversity and inclusivity within our organization, which may guide ongoing initiatives.
  • Creating an environment where all members have an equal opportunity to succeed and to be heard.
  • Supporting scholarship, research and education that address inequities in peripartum care.
  • Sharing resources for individuals and institutions to promote diversity and inclusivity.
  • Establishing partnerships and supporting policies that address racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy-related outcomes.