• Women's History Month

    Women's History Month

    Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope

    Building healthy communities takes physicians who understand – and reflect – the patients they serve. Women's History Month is an opportunity to elevate the work of female family physicians and reinforce how family medicine’s involvement in diversity conversations is a crucial piece of improving public health, health disparities, workforce diversity and inclusion.

    This month, and year-round, the AAFP honors female members who are leaders in addressing racism and health inequities, access to care, the importance of diversity in family medicine, and other critical health issues. These physicians are providing healing and hope to their patients. 

    The AAFP also continues working to ensure our policies and programs are reflective of our members and the communities you serve. A new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission will launch with 10 members and grow to include 22 by 2024. 

    “The overarching heart of the family medicine physician is caring for the whole patient in that we are concerned about how all aspects of our patient’s existence affects their health. I am particularly concerned about the maternal/fetal health of the African American population, which, although improving, continues to have distinct inequities.” - Safiya McNeese-Ruffin, M.D., 2022 AAFP Health Equity Fellow 


    Recent Member Stories & Blogs

    New Research Addresses Inequities in FP Workforce

    Meet the AAFP’s 2021-2022 Health Equity Fellows

    Kansas Mentor Expanding Access for Patients in Need

    New Report Finds Medical School Diversity Rising

    AAMC Honors FP Mentor With National Award

    Alaska FP Going Extra Mile to Bring Vaccine to Villages

    City, State Turn to FP for Leadership During Pandemic

    Family Medicine Worth the Wait for GME Award Winner

    FP Researcher Elected to National Academy of Medicine


    A Focus on Workforce Diversity 

    A diverse workforce equals a healthier population. Studies show that patient satisfaction and health outcomes are improved when health providers and their patients have concordance in their racial, ethnic, and language backgrounds. Check out the EveryONE Project, part of the AAFP's Center for Diversity and Health Equity, for more information.

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