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Jun 21, 2021 by Joy A. Lewis, MSW, MPH
A history-making event that changed the lives of Black Americans more than 150 years ago is now being recognized as a federal holiday. With the stroke of a pen, President Biden signed a bill establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day – commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S..
Jun 8, 2021
Each June, LGBTQ people and supporters join together to recognize Pride Month - celebrating history and advocating for continued change. Although Pride is now widely celebrated, it is important to note that the journey to an inclusive Pride is ongoing.
Jun 8, 2021 by Joy A. Lewis, MSW, MPH
Hospitals and health system leaders are committing to increasing diversity and inclusion in the board room.
May 28, 2021
Key insights from health care leaders nationwide on AHA’s "Advocating for the Asian American Community during COVID-19" panel discussion.
May 27, 2021 by Julia Resnick
Reliance on digital tools can exacerbate barriers to care among certain populations and may be less accessible to people with limited English proficiency. As these technologies become ubiquitous, now is the time to examine digital health from an equity lens to ensure that no community is left behind.
May 24, 2021 by Priya Bathija
While tributes and celebrations are important, for those of us in health care, this month is an opportunity to pause and reflect on this diverse community’s health needs – during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
May 6, 2021 by Joy Lewis
What does it take to become an everyday champion for advancing health equity? How do hospitals and health systems successfully transition from planning to taking action and creating real cultural change? 
Apr 15, 2021
April is National Minority Health Month. With COVID-19 having a disproportionate impact in communities of color, emphasis on improving access to vaccines as they become more widely available and eliminating health care inequities is critical.
Mar 16, 2021 by Joy Lewis
AHA launches the first in a new series of toolkits designed to help hospitals and health systems make progress in advancing their health equity agenda.
Mar 9, 2021
For March 2021, some communities are launching the Transgender Month of Action for Healthcare Equality. The month, specifically focused on the health care needs of transgender and gender non-conforming people, aims to address barriers and areas for growth and highlight victories.