Updated July 28, 2020

This article is part of a series of COVID-19 resources on health equity.

At the AMA’s Center for Health Equity, we believe that health equity is achieved when we live in a nation where all people live in thriving communities, where resources work well, systems are equitable and create no harm, and everyone has power to achieve optimal health; and all physicians are equipped with the consciousness, tools and resources to confront inequities as well embed and advance equity within and across all aspects of the health care system.

In order to achieve health equity, we must strengthen, amplify, and sustain work to eliminate health inequities—improving health outcomes and closing disparities gaps—which are rooted in historical and contemporary injustices and discrimination.

In support of AMA’s mission to advance health equity, we hope that these resources and tools will educate, empower and inform physicians as well as advance action towards eliminating health inequities nationally and locally.

Recent AMA statements, policies and press releases

  1. Top physician orgs urge COVID-19 mortality data by race, ethnicity

    1. AMA press release, April 8, 2020
  2. AMA warns against racism, xenophobia amid COVID-19

    1. AMA press release, May 4, 2020
  3. AMA statement on new FDA guidelines for MSM blood donation

    1. AMA statement, April 2, 2020
  4. AMA Board of Trustees pledges action against racism, police brutality

    1. AMA statement, June 7, 2020
  5. AMA opposes effort to allow discrimination against patients

    1. AMA statement, June 12, 2020
  6. Letter to HHS on COVID-19 relief needed for American Indians and Alaska Natives

    1. AMA correspondence, May 27, 2020
  7. Testimony re: Health and wealth Inequality in America: How COVID-19 makes clear the need for change

    1. AMA correspondence, June 23, 2020
  8. Letter in support of H.R. 6585, “Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act.”

    1. AMA correspondence, July 2, 2020
  9. Police brutality must stop

    1. AMA Leadership Viewpoint, May 29, 2020

AMA original video and podcast series on health equity

  1. Prioritizing Equity series

    1. Examines how health care equity determines care during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Subscribe to AMA's YouTube channel to watch the latest videos.
  2. Tribute to the Medical School Class of 2020

    1. AMA special presentation, May 20, 2020
  3. AMA experts discuss the urgency of the continuing PPE shortage

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, March 25, 2020
  4. Leveraging social media to spread critical COVID-19 science

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, March 31, 2020
  5. Ethical considerations doctors face during COVID-19

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, April 2, 2020
  6. Experts explore health equity within the COVID-19 pandemic

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, April 6, 2020
  7. How the pandemic amplified disparities within health care

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, April 21, 2020
  8. The pandemic’s impact on the Native American population

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, April 30, 2020
  9. The impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s incarceration system

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, May 15, 2020
  10. How COVID-19 has amplified LGBTQ health care inequities

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, May 19, 2020
  11. Obstacles to providing care for underserved communities

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, May 27, 2020
  12. How the pandemic has impacted Native American communities

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, June 10, 2020
  13. How gender affirming surgeries have been impacted by the pandemic

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, June 15, 2020
  14. The pandemic’s impact on Latinx community

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, June 19, 2020
  15. How cultural factors, health disparities impact transmission

    1. AMA COVID-19 daily video updates, June 22, 2020
  16. U.S. Census 101 for Physicians, Part I

    1. AMA Moving Medicine podcast, April 22, 2020
  17. U.S. Census 101 for Physicians, Part II

    1. AMA Moving Medicine podcast, April 29, 2020
  1. Women’s March/Moms Rising: Talking to your kids about coronavirus

    1. Women's March, March 17, 2020
  2. ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice: Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on African Americans and communities of color

    1. ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, April 2, 2020
  3. Oprah Talks COVID-19 season 1, episode 13: The deadly impact on Black America

    1. Oprah Talks COVID-19, April 14, 2020
  4. Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller’s town hall: Our fight against COVID-19 in the Southland – Focus on health equity

    1. Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller, April 16, 2020

  5. Epidemic season 1, episode 13: A Black plague

    1. EPIDEMIC podcast with Celine Gounder, MD and Ronald Klain, April 21, 2020
  6. Black AZ COVID-19 surviving the pandemic webinar, part 2: Public health, equity, and the new era of virtual physician care

    1. Black AZ COVID-19 Task Force, April 24, 2020
  7. NewsOne x The Brotherhood/Sister Sol: #COVID19 conversation on the intersection of race, art, social justice, & medicine

    1. NewsOne x The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, May 13, 2020

Find more COVID-19 health equity resources

Visit the COVID-19  health equity resources overview page or view featured topics for more resources:

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