Black History Month in February is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and acknowledge where we still need to make progress.
AAFP members drive our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, through work that improves social determinants of health, and addresses systemic racism and inequalities in patient care. Our ongoing focus on health equity and health equity advocacy ties directly into the 2022 theme, “Black Health and Wellness.” It's work that not only advances the family medicine specialty, but also ensures the health care system works for every family physician and the patients you serve.
Several health-focused Black History Month web events are open access. They include:
A Word from the President
Recently, I was discussing health equity with some of my fellow AAFP Board members and was surprised to hear that there are people in their communities who question them about whether health disparities actually exist in our country.
The program develops FPs into leaders who are subject matter experts on the social, institutional and cultural influences that impact patient health, and who can use that expertise to implement changes in primary care and their local communities.
A summer abroad in Ghana sparked Brittney Anderson's interest in rural medicine and the disparities related to access that people in the state face when traveling long distances for health care.
The class of students who entered medical school in the U.S. in the fall of 2021 is larger and more diverse than practically any class that has preceded it.
An analysis confirms that substantial racial and ethnic health care inequities exist, even in states that are recognized as providing high-quality health care to their residents.
The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force's final report found improvements in hospitalizations, deaths and vaccination rates among Black and Hispanic individuals.
Certain populations were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. An HHS issue brief examines disparities and offers approaches to achieve health equity.
The EveryONE Project, part of the AAFP's Center for Diversity and Health Equity, offers education and resources to help you advocate for health equity, promote workforce diversity, and collaborate with other disciplines and organizations to reduce harmful health disparities.