WOKE / JUSTICE DRIVEN HEALTHCARE EDUCATION AND PRACTICE IS A PROBLEM FOR EVERYONE IN THE INDUSTRY AND THOSE UNDER THE “CARE” OF IT. WHERE DID THIS MOVEMENT COME FROM AND WHERE IS IT HEADED?
Rev. Thomas Littleton
This week the NY Post warned of a dangerous influence in health care education:
Med schools are even more woke than you think — and your care is at risk
November 16, 2022
“Just how woke is your nearest medical school? Likely very woke — yet the organization that helps oversee medical schools thinks it’s not woke enough.”
“So says the Association of American Medical Colleges, which last week released the first-ever analysis of the extent to which “diversity, equity and inclusion” have infected the institutions training future physicians.”
“Medical schools should fear a failing grade from the AAMC, which helps determine whether they get accredited. As a former associate dean, I can attest that when the AAMC sets priorities, administrators rush to follow them.”
“Schools are all but uniformly woke on many other measures. Ninety-nine percent have leaders who routinely participate in local, state or national DEI forums, diverting their focus from actual education. Some 98% have created a system for students to report bias, which risks self-censorship from educators who fear reprisals for teaching health care’s more difficult topics. The same percentage have launched new initiatives or funding streams for DEI, while 97% have “a dedicated office, staff, and resources.”
“That means there’s a permanent bureaucracy at most medical schools pushing woke ideology on faculty and students alike. These efforts take away time and money from actual education.”
“More than 40% of medical schools offer tenure and promotions to faculty who conduct DEI scholarship.”
FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS/ COLLABORATIONS AND CLINICS HAVE ALREADY ENDANGERED HEALTH CARE BY CHRISTIAN PROVIDERS AND AS MINISTRY VISION.
Faith Based Partnership models able to obtain HHS and other government funding and corrupt , agenda driven private funding have taken a massive toll on the quality of care and biblical vision of Christian providers. “Community Based Clinics” run by Faith Based Providers dot the map across American cities .The models compete directly with private practice and have the ideologies of Woke Justice / DEI / Healthcare “Equity” deeply embedded in them.
SOME OF THE MONEY AND HISTORY OF THIS INFLUENCE
In 2017 the Medical College of Wisconsin was endowed with a $37.8 million dollars grant to create a template for transforming health care education. By Summer of 2022 another $50 million grant was made to further the affliction plaguing healthcare education. Where did this money come from? A little known Wisconsin based family based Kern Family Foundation which has been funding K-12 / Seminaries and Engineering education for years. “
KERNS FUNDING PRIORITIES IN MEDICINE ?
“The Kern Family Foundation made its largest grant of $67 million to the Mayo Clinic. In 1930, Mayo Clinic treated five-year-old Robert Kern as a charity case because his father was a pastor. The grant was used to create the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery at the clinic. “
“The foundation also supports the Medical College of Wisconsin. A 2009 grant of $10 million was the largest in the college’s history but was topped in 2017 by a $37.9 million jointly given by the Kern Family Foundation and the Kern family personally to support reforms in medical education. “
SOME OF KERN’S PROBLEMATIC HISTORY
Kern invisions it’s funding to be “Transformative” and in the past has funded “Teach For America” which is a K-12 focused organization with a MASSIVE LGBTQ focus.
“TEACH FOR AMERICA -TOP ISSUES”
“Embracing Our LGBTQ+ Students, Teachers, and Community”
“Join us as we work for the day when every LGBTQ student has the opportunity for an excellent education and a safe, affirming classroom.”
According to “Influence Watch” and the 2018 KFF tax records:
“The Kern Family Foundation has provided support to public policy organizations, including the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, Acton Institute, and Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and the left-leaning teacher training program Teach for America.”
KERN FUNDING OF SEMINARIES BEGAN TO SURFACE IN 2009
THE FUNDING WAS TO PROMOTE ACTION INSTITUTE CURRICULUM AND JUSTICE/HUMAN FLOURISHING “FAITH AND WORK ” PROGRAMS .
This site investigated and reported this funding and influence in the 2016 /2017 article series titled “IS THIS THE EVANGELICAL DEEP STATE?” PARTS 1 &2
Kern funded conservative American Seminaries since around 2009 working with Action Institute which is a think tank operated by a radical homosexual activist turned Catholic priest on the “Faith and Work” premise of Hayek economics for the “common good ” of course “HUMAN FLOURISHING”.
KERN RETAINS OVERSIGHT BY OPERATING TIS OWN ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN THE INDUSTRIES IT IS FUNDING.
Oikonomia Network oversees the seminaries Kern funds.
Theology that Works
“Preparing future leaders as disciples who disciple others for a whole life’s work in God’s kingdom and God’s world.”
Kern funding over site by Oikonomia Network and Greg Forster work VERY closely with Tim Keller and the well documented, exposed and problematic TGC/The Gospel Coalition. TGC has infected almost an entire generation of young pastors in what were once Biblical movements.
OIKONOMIA NETWORKS SOCIAL JUSTICE AGENDA
Just a Sample:
“Pastors Must Preach about Economic Justice“
“Speaking out for the cause of the oppressed and exploited is central to being a good pastor. This responsibility is part of the Christian life for all of us, of course; all Christians are called to be prophets, priests and kings, and the office of prophet involves exposing the world’s injustice. But this is particularly important for those who are professional spokespeople for the kingdom of God. The gospel call to repentance from sin becomes trite and superficial if the institutional church is not putting forward a powerful vision of justice that stands in sharp contrast to the darkness and evil of the world.”
KERN’S MEDICAL GRANTS ARE OVERSEEN BY “KERN NATIONAL NETWORK “
Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education oversees the grants in medical schools .
“The Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education was established in early 2017 through a transformative investment to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) from the Kern family, the Kern Family Foundation, and Stephen and Shelagh Roell. MCW was honored to host these guests in launching the Kern Institute and the Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine (KNN) in a ceremony that was also attended by the founding members from each of the KNN medical schools.”
A video on the Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education website
boast : “COAST TO COAST COLLABORATION OF MEDICAL SCHOOLS”
The Kern medical Mantra is very much like the WOKE Justice mantra used in the transformation of seminaries.
“CHARACTER ” TRAINING AND “HUMAN FLOURISHING “…FOR “THE COMMON GOOD”
KNN INTEGRATED FRAMEWORK TRAINING MODEL
KNN SEPTEMBER 2022 HELD ITS FIRST “IN PERSON” CONFERENCE – ON THE HUMAN FLOURISHING THEME IN MEDICINE.
“CONNECT , CONVENE ,CATALYSE TOWARD FLOURISHING “
SAMPLE TOPICS : DE&I AND LGBTQ + EQUITY
Thursday, September 29th
“How Bias Experiences Relate to Burnout and Recruitment/Retention Indicators: Cross-Sectional Survey of Medical Students and Residents at Mayo Clinic Sites || Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Climate Scale for Health Professions Learners.”
“Human Flourishing Inclusive Excellence Panel Shared Session“
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
“How Bias Experiences Relate to Burnout and Recruitment/Retention Indicators: Cross-Sectional Survey of Medical Students and Residents at Mayo Clinic Sites“
- Presenter: Andrea N. Leep, MD, MHPE
- “Stakeholder input is critical to continuous improvement efforts, and climate surveys provide an opportunity for organizations to better understand the experiences and perspectives of learners. In this session, we will present results of a cross-sectional climate survey of 1,261 medical students, residents, and fellows conducted in October-November 2020 at Mayo Clinic sites. This survey examined how bias experiences (frequency, sources, types) relate to burnout and key recruitment/retention indicators of interest to academic health centers and explored learners’ reasons for being likely (or not likely) to accept an offer to work at our organization using a human flourishing lens.”
“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Climate Scale for Health Professions Learners: Lessons from Interprofessional and Interorganizational Collaborative Development“
- Presenters: Regina Russell, PhD; Kim Vinson, MD; Andrea Leep Hunderfund, MD, MHPE; Betsy Kennedy, PhD
- Health professions learners come from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Entering classes of students are increasingly diverse and continue to renew and reshape organizations through their influence. Monitoring and addressing the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) climate for health professions learners is an expected component of student support, program evaluation, and in some cases, accreditation. This panel discussion highlights lessons learned from an interprofessional and inter-institutional collaborative scale development project designed to address this need.”
Thursday, September 29th
Advancing LGBTQ+ Health to Optimize Outcomes and Promote Equity
“Caring Inclusive Excellence Program Presentation“
9:45 AM-10:45 AM
“Advancing LGBTQ+ Health to Optimize Outcomes and Promote Equity“
- Presenters: Elizabeth Petty, MD; Sherryl Pertzborn, MBA; Ronni Hayon, MD; Tess Jewell, MD-MPH Student; James Lehman, MD, MPH
- The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), in partnership with UW Health, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and its statewide community, was awarded funding for the nation’s only inaugural AMA Foundation LGBTQ+ Health fellowship in the summer of 2021. This session will present the fellowship design, recruitment strategies, curriculum development, clinical and academic implementation, early program evaluation, and institutional impact of this comprehensive interdisciplinary, patient-centered, community-focused academic fellowship across the UWSMPH Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health, Pediatrics, and Medicine and the Office of Academic Affairs. It will feature perspectives of the core steering team (the fellowship director, a faculty champion, administrative leader) and learners, including an inaugural physician fellow and a medical student advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.”
“UNDERREPRESENTED MEDICAL APPLICANTS”
Thursday, September 29th
Building Equitable Access to Mentorship (BEAM): A Mentoring Program that Promotes Success and Sense of Belonging for Students and Faculty
3:15 PM-4:15 PM
“Building Equitable Access to Mentorship (BEAM): A Mentoring Program that Promotes Success and Sense of Belonging for Students and Faculty“
- Presenters: Jason W. Stephenson, MD; Elizabeth M. Petty, MD
- To advance health equity, medical schools have recognized the importance of building pathways for underrepresented in medicine (URiM) applicants, supporting the academic success of URiM students, promoting practices that support inclusion, and increasing health equity/social justice curriculum. At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), URiM students shared concerns about the lack of URiM faculty role models and mentors who understood their unique needs. In response, we launched the Building Equitable Access to Mentorship (BEAM) program. In this session, we will discuss strategies, operational processes, and lessons learned in creating a scalable and sustainable program that builds equitable and accessible mentorship to advance the success of URiM faculty and students. We will also discuss several avenues for program expansion and partnerships with other stakeholder groups on campus.”
KERN NATIONAL NETWORK DETAILS
“The KNN aspires to promote human flourishing through the profession of medicine.”
“The KNN will foster caring and character in the profession of medicine through efforts with health professions education, healthcare systems, network partners and society.”
- We conduct our work with respect, integrity and authenticity
- We embrace inclusion and diversity to advance equity
- We support innovation, scholarship and life-long learning
- We invest in our partners, collaborators and learners
- We strive to ensure that those who work, learn, care and discover in our institutions flourish.
LEADERSHIP OF KNN
Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin
“Senior Vice President for Strategic Academic Partnerships
Professor of Population Health
KNN Founding Director and Board Member”
DR Maurana is also a KNN Conference speaker along with the Kern Family Foundation President James Rahn .
Dr. Maurana has worked in multiple capacities at the Medical College of Wisconsin where KFF funding established the first grant funded program and template in 2017 to “Transform Medical Education “
By 2022 representatives from other major institutions have joined the efforts and most likely participated in the KFF funding behind it.
Sample of other Medical School leaders involved.
Matthew T. Lee, PhD Professor of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Director of the Flourishing Network Baylor University & Harvard University
Adam Sawatsky Associate Professor of Medicine Mayo Clinic
Ashley Pavlic Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine MCW
William Quach Vanderbilt University
Aviad Haramati, PhD Georgetown
Nick Ryan, MPA, MA Chief of Staff Geisel School of Medicine
FURTHER DISTURBING LGBTQ + FOCUS IN KERN NATIONAL NETWORK PRIORITIES
KNN head Dr. Maurana is the founding director of AHW- “ADVANCING a HEALTHIER WISCONSIN “. She nominated her replacement who is an award winning LGBTQ+ health advocate.
“Medical College of Wisconsin Doctor Named Notable LGBTQ Executive”
May 1, 2020
“Milwaukee – April 29, 2020 – Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment Director and senior associate dean at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) School of Medicine Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, has been named a Notable LGBTQ Executive by BizTimes Milwaukee.”
“Dr. Ehrenfeld was featured as one of Milwaukee’s Notable LBGTQ Executives, a special editorial feature within BizTimes Milwaukee’s April 27, 2020 print and online issue, which profiles LBGTQ executives in the Milwaukee area.”
“He was nominated by Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD, founding director of AHW and senior vice president for strategic academic partnerships at MCW. In nominating Dr. Ehrenfeld for the award, she noted: “In many ways, Dr. Ehrenfeld has dedicated his career to standing up for those who cannot. He is passionate, innovative, and tireless. Milwaukee – and Wisconsin as a whole – should be proud to have welcomed such a leader.”
“Dr. Ehrenfeld is a combat veteran and former U.S. Navy Commander who deployed to Afghanistan during both Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support Mission. For his work in capturing photographs and supporting the lives of LGBTQ people, Dr. Ehrenfeld was recognized in 2015 with a White House News Photographers Association award and, in 2016, with an Emmy nomination.”…
…”For the past decade, Dr. Ehrenfeld has advocated on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals. In 2017, he received the Diversity Champion Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association. In 2018, in recognition of his outstanding research contributions, he received the inaugural Sexual and Gender Minority Research Investigator Award from the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).”
“In September 2019, Dr. Ehrenfeld was appointed director of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment and senior associate dean at the MCW School of Medicine. As director of AHW, Dr. Ehrenfeld remains focused on the goal of improving the health of Wisconsin residents through sustained dedication to its mission and the quality of all its programs and activities”
NOTE -NIH National Institutes of Health has been led by troubled and discredited exposed Tim Keller friend of Bio-Logos Francis Collins and has an annual budget of some $40 billion dollars. Collins and Dr. Anthony Fauci remain in the spot light as more of the informational controls , coverup, and deceptions of the highly politicized 2020 pandamonium -demic surface. KNN s Dr. Maurana hand picked successor has won NIH award and accolades.
Kern Family Foundation grants and efforts through the KERN NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR CARING AND CHARACTER IN MEDICINE are seeking to “Transform Medical Education” with the same HUMAN FLOURISHING / DEI/ Social Justice / “COMMON GOOD” METRICS through which they have influenced public education and turned conservative American seminaries into WOKE JUSTICE factories churning out young leaders lost in the narratives of progressive global politics. Our churches- our institutions, our children and yes- even our BODIES and health will likely be paying the price for years to come.
ANOTHER QUOTE FROM NY POST NOVEMBER 16TH 2022
Med schools are even more woke than you think — and your care is at risk
“That means there’s a permanent bureaucracy at most medical schools pushing woke ideology on faculty and students alike. These efforts take away time and money from actual education.”…. “Remember: The AAMC is pushing 100% of medical schools to score 100% in each category, and most are trending in that direction. This doesn’t bode well for the future of health care. Medical schools are broadly lowering standards for admissions, faculty and research while devoting a higher share of resources to political lobbying, politicized bureaucracy and public virtue signaling”….”Why are taxpayers funding schools that only recruit politicized faculty? Why are they paying administrators who fixate on applicants’ skin color? The public deserves to know exactly how woke their nearest medical school is so they can pressure it to put education — and ultimately quality of care — ahead of ideology.”
Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a former associate dean of curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, is chairman of Do No Harm.
NOTE ALSO – This author and this website have seen first hand and DOCUMENTED the overlapping influence and damage this WOKE JUSTICE is doing to the church and to healthcare and education in Christian education focused ministries “who care for those who care for others” and help disciple medical students in the authors local region. MORE on that to come.