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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


Senators Submit Title VII Dear Colleague Letter to Appropriators

April 19, 2019

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) April 15 submitted a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies advocating for $424 million in funding in fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Title VII Health Professions programs.


AAMC Joins Health Organizations’ FY 2020 Funding Recommendation Letters

April 19, 2019

The AAMC April 8 joined a community letter to Senate and House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee leaders, advocating a fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriation of $400 million for Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME).


Secretary DeVos Testifies Before House Education and Labor Committee

April 12, 2019

Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos April 10 testified at a House Education and Labor Committee hearing titled, “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education.” The hearing considered the Department’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget request, as well as other initiatives led by the Department.


House Members Submit Title VII Dear Colleague Letter to Congressional Appropriators

April 5, 2019

Reps. Michael Burgess, MD, (R-Texas), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.), and Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) March 28 submitted a bipartisan Dear Colleague Letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies advocating for $424 million in funding in fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Title VII Health Professions programs.


AAMC Joins Higher Ed Community Letter Endorsing DACA Legislation

March 22, 2019

The AAMC joined 37 higher education organizations on a March 20 letter led by the American Council on Education to House leadership in support of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6). The letter notes that the bill “would allow some undocumented young people, who have already invested in our country and in whom the country has already invested, to earn lawful permanent residence in the United States and a path to citizenship,” and urges “the House to pass this legislation as soon as possible.” At press time, the legislation had 214 Democrat co-sponsors. 


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