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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


AAMC Joins Higher Ed Amicus Brief in Support of Harvard Admissions

August 3, 2018

The AAMC joined with the American Council on Education and more than 30 other higher education groups to file an amicus group in the case of Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, urging a federal district court in Massachusetts to dismiss the case.  


Health Professions Organizations Urge Full-Funding for HRSA Workforce Programs

July 27, 2018

The Health Professions Nursing and Education Coalition (HPNEC) sent a July 18 letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership restating the coalition’s recommendation of $690 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs for fiscal year 2019.


House Energy and Commerce Committee holds Markup on Key Workforce Diversity Legislation

July 13, 2018

The House Energy and Commerce Committee July 12 voted to move key workforce legislation to the House floor.  Both the EMPOWER Act (H.R. 3728) and Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act (H.R.5385) were among the approved bills.


Energy and Commerce Committee Holds Mark-Up of Five Public Health Bills

June 29, 2018

The House Energy and Commerce Committee June 27 held a mark-up of five public health bills; the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 959), the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 1676), the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency Readiness Act of 2017 (EMPOWER Act, H.R. 3728); the Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5385), and a discussion draft of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2018.


Administration Reverses Border Detention Policies; Immigration Legislation Stalls

June 22, 2018

President Trump June 20 signed an executive order titled, “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation,” which would end the policy of separating migrant children from their parents who were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border.


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