AHA takes stand on ‘confronting and eradicating structural racism’

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently released statement on the importance of “confronting and eradicating structural racism” to achieve a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. “The cumulative effects of racism and discriminatory practices lead to generational trauma, higher rates of illness, overall poorer health and lower life expectancy for people of color,” the statement noted. AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) has been working for more than 25 years to advance health equity, diversity and inclusion. This year, the IFDHE released a series of toolkits highlighting four compelling strategies to prioritize health equity.