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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 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.

AAMC Joins Community Letters on CDC REACH and IHS Funding

May 24, 2019

The AAMC May 20 joined a community letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-Okla.), thanking them for providing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program with $71.95 million for fiscal year (FY) 2020.

AAMC Endorses House Conrad 30 Reauthorization

May 24, 2019

Representatives Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Don Bacon (R-Neb.), and Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) May 23 introduced the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Act (H.R. 2141), which would reauthorize and expand the Conrad 30 J-1 visa waiver program.

Bipartisan HRSA Title VII Reauthorization Bill Introduced in the House

May 17, 2019

Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Michael Burgess, MD, (R-Texas) May 16 introduced the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) for Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 2781), which would reauthorize the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII health professions pipeline, education, and training programs through 2024.

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