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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Executive Vice President Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.

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


Federal Court Grants Provisional Relief for Current DACA Awardees

January 12, 2018

In a case brought by the Regents of the University of California against the Department of Homeland Security challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Northern District of California Jan. 9 granted Plaintiffs’ motion for provisional relief, ordering the federal government to maintain DACA on a nationwide basis as it operated on Sept. 5, 2017 (the date of its rescission), with several exceptions.


Health Organizations Urge Congress to Pass DACA Fix As Soon As Possible

December 15, 2017

The AAMC led 60 health professions organizations in a Dec. 13 letter to congressional leadership urging legislative action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


HPNEC, AAMC Congressional Briefing on HRSA Workforce Programs

December 7, 2017

The Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC), an AAMC-led group of over 60 national organizations, hosted a November 28 briefing titled How HRSA Workforce Programs Address Today’s Public Health Concerns: Opioids, Rural Access, Health Equity, and Preventive Medicine.


Health Professions Community Sends Letter Requesting a Bipartisan Budget Agreement

November 3, 2017

The AAMC-led Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC), a group of over 60 national organizations representing schools, students, communities, and health professions, sent an Oct. 30 letter urging House and Senate leadership to come to “a bicameral, bipartisan budget agreement that raises the non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending cap and enables the $551 million investment in HRSA Title VII and VIII programs approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this year.”


AAMC Joins Community CDC REACH Support Letter

October 20, 2017

The AAMC Oct. 16 joined 203 organizations representing health professions, schools, communities, and grantees in a letter urging House and Senate Appropriators to restore funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program.


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