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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 HHS Spending Bill, President Signs Into Law

September 28, 2018

The House of Representatives Sept. 26 voted 361-61 to approve the conference agreement for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills (H.R. 6157), providing a total of $178 billion for the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Education, including a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


FY 2019 Labor-HHS Funding Package Nears Completion

September 21, 2018

The Senate Sept. 18 voted to approve, 93-7, the conference agreement for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills (H.R. 6157), providing a total of $178 billion for the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Education, including a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Negotiators File Compromise HHS Spending Bill

September 14, 2018

House and Senate negotiators Sept. 13 adopted a compromise agreement on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills (H.R. 6157) that next will go to each chamber for final approval before being sent to the president. The measure also includes a continuing resolution through Dec. 7 for any of the 12 annual spending bills that have not been finalized by the start of the new fiscal year Oct. 1.


Higher Education Associations Support the SUCCESS Act for Women, Minority Inventors

September 7, 2018

The AAMC Aug. 27 joined the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the Council on Governmental Relations in issuing a statement supporting proposed legislation to identify ways to improve the representation of women and minorities in the ranks of the nation’s inventors.


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.  


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