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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


House Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Numerous Bipartisan Health Care Bills

July 19, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a July 17 markup to advance legislation regarding several key health care issues, including Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the Title VII health professions workforce development programs. Additionally, the committee passed an amended version of its proposal to address surprise medical bills.


AAMC Leads Health Professions Letter in Urging Passage of the Dream Act

July 12, 2019

The AAMC July 9 led 70 health professions organizations in a letter to Senate leadership urging legislative action for individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other undocumented young people.


House Health Subcommittee Holds Markup on Key Health Care-Related Bills

July 12, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health July 11 held a markup on key priorities for AAMC, including Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and diversity programs in the health care workforce.


House Passes the American Dream and Promise Act

June 7, 2019

The House of Representatives June 4 passed,237-187, the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R.6).


House Judiciary Committee Approves New DREAM Act

May 24, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee May 22 held a mark-up on the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2019 (H.R. 2820). The legislation passed the committee by a party line vote of 19-10.


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