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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


Senate Shutdown Package Includes DACA, Immigration Reforms

January 25, 2019

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) Jan. 22 introduced the End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act (S.Amdt 5 to H.R. 268), which would end the current partial government shutdown and provide temporary status for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in exchange for $5.7 billion for a border wall. This legislation is in line with President Trump’s proposed deal to reopen the government.


AAMC Submits Comments on Proposed Objectives for Healthy People 2030

January 18, 2019

The AAMC Jan. 17 submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the proposed core, development, and research objectives for Healthy People 2030.  These objectives represent the nation’s critical public health priorities to improve the health and well-being of all Americans through multisector collaboration and evidence-based intervention. 


AAMC Submits Comments to HRSA on Bureau of Health Workforce Performance Data Collection

December 20, 2018

The AAMC Dec. 17 submitted a letter to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on the agency’s request for information regarding the Bureau of Health Workforce Performance Data Collection. The purpose of the proposed data collection is to continue the analysis and reporting of awardee training activities and educational programs, identify intended practice locations, and report outcomes of funded initiatives.


House Democrats Respond to ED’s Title IX Proposed Rule

December 13, 2018

The Department of Education (ED) Nov. 16 released a proposed rule that would significantly reduce the requirements of institutions to investigate complaints of sexual assaults on their campuses. Public comment on the proposed rule is due by Jan. 23, 2019.


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.


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