Important Message About ENDO 2022

September 23, 2021

It may be summer 2021, but for many of us at the Endocrine Society, we are already thinking about summer 2022. That is when we will hold our first in-person annual meeting in more than two years. ENDO 2022 will take place June 11-14, in Atlanta, Georgia and we hope to see you there.

And while we are excited about seeing everyone in person again, the decision to have the in-person meeting in Atlanta was not simple. We are concerned about the recent voting law enacted in Georgia which disproportionately places voter restrictions on minority communities. Legislation like this goes against our core value of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). When the law passed, our Society leadership felt it necessary to re-visit whether holding our meeting in Atlanta in 2022 was still the best decision. 

We had questions. How could we best voice our opposition to the new voting law? How could we support the communities impacted by that law? Could pulling out of Atlanta cause additional harm to the communities we wanted to support? True to our scientific roots, we did some research. 

We have spent the last several weeks meeting with and listening to leaders in Georgia, including the Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, U.S. Senators Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock, and Dr. Bernice A.  King, CEO of the King Center, and daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They are united in their call for groups like the Endocrine Society to not boycott their state.

We learned that 37 percent of the hospital/leisure industry in Georgia is Black/African American and 17 percent is Hispanic/Latino. Our departure from Atlanta would create economic hardships for the communities most affected by the new voting law.

It is important to us that we do not create hardships, but more than that we want to actively support the Atlanta community. To that end, we are exploring opportunities to engage with the people of Atlanta in ways to demonstrate our commitment to DEI. 

One opportunity we are exploring is hosting an ENDO Cares program while we are in Atlanta. ENDO Cares is an outreach program that provides medical resources, coaching, and education to local providers and patients suffering from endocrine-related conditions in underserved communities. We are looking into many other similar opportunities and will keep you updated as our plans develop.

In conclusion, I wanted you to know that we have carefully considered our path forward with a keen eye on our mission, commitment to DEI, our responsibilities to our members, and our desire to support the people of Atlanta. We believe being in Atlanta in 2022 gives us an opportunity to support our commitment to DEI and improve the health of people with endocrine disorders. I look forward to seeing everyone in person again soon.

Carol H. Wysham, M.D.
Endocrine Society President

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