The Northern California Black Physicians Forum (BPF) was initiated in November 2010 and developed in partnership with the Sierra Health Foundation along with an extraordinary team of physician and community Advisory Committee Board members. The first annual BPF was held in February 2011at the Sierra Health Foundation in Sacramento, California.
The purpose of BPF is to connect physicians with colleagues throughout Northern California to discuss physician leadership and potential collaborative roles in chronic disease education, prevention, and health care access for communities of color. Our physicians are personally committed to reducing health care disparities in Northern California urban communities of color and look forward to future alliance with other health care professionals.
Our concerted "Call-to-Action" is twofold: 1) encourage physicians to increase health care services at no to low costs and 2) support programs that reduce disease, disability , and death in African American communities of Northern California. This Call-to Action evokes the later lines of the Modern Hippocratic Oath penned in 1964 by Dr. Louis Lasagna, Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University:
"I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter, May I always act so as to preserve the finest renditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help."