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Diversity and Health Equity

Health Professions | Medical Schools and Student Aid | Profiles of Success

To increase diversity in medical education and to advance health care equity in the United States, AAMC efforts focus on four general areas:

  • diversifying the applicant pool and encouraging more African Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans to consider medicine as a career;

  • working to reduce health disparities;

  • supporting a more diverse medical school faculty and administration; and

  • conducting research on the impact of diversity.

AAMC’s advocacy efforts support these goals.


News and Updates


Health Equity and Accountability Act Introduced in the Senate

December 7, 2018

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) Nov. 27 introduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA, S. 3660). The HEAA addresses health care disparities experienced by communities of color, rural communities, and other underserved populations by improving culturally appropriate care and data collection and reporting.


AAMC Signs Letter to HHS Secretary Azar on the Department’s Proposed Definition of Sex

December 7, 2018

The AAMC joined the higher education community on a Nov. 29 letter to the Department of  Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, expressing concern over the agency’s proposed considerations of narrowly defining sex. The proposed definition limits and restricts the gender identity of an individual. The higher education community urged Secretary Azar not to move forward with this proposal.


AAMC Submits Comments to CMS on Hospital Outcome Measurement for Patients with Social Risk Factors

November 30, 2018

The AAMC Nov. 29 submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the agency’s request for information regarding Hospital Outcome Measurement for Patients with Social Risk Factors. 


AAMC Submits Comments to HHS ASPE on Social Risk Factors

November 16, 2018

The AAMC Nov. 16 submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in response to a request for information on provider and health plan approaches to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with social risk factors (SRF).


House Passes HHS Spending Bill, President Signs Into Law

September 28, 2018

The House of Representatives Sept. 26 voted 361-61 to approve the conference agreement for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills (H.R. 6157), providing a total of $178 billion for the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Education, including a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


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