Inclusion Implementation Task Force


The Inclusion Implementation Task Force supports the development and implementation of a cohesive strategy for diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility (DEIA) initiatives that support the AASM Foundation strategic plan and foster inclusivity through the AASM Foundation’s processes, programs, and initiatives.

GOALS for 2024-2025

  1. Submit a draft DEIA statement for the AASM Foundation to the Board for approval.
  2. Review existing DEIA processes, programs, and initiatives and provide recommendations for changes or new efforts.
  3. Provide feedback in the development of an AASM Foundation DEIA webinar series.


Chair: Vivian Asare, MD
David Bishop, LCSW
Lauren Hale, PhD
Iris Perez, MD
Jack Peltz, PhD
Fauziya Hassan, MBBS, MS
Board Liaison: Anita Shelgikar, MD, MHPE
Staff: Sherene Thomas, PhD and Vanessa Gonzalez, MPH