What is the Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health Committee?

The Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health (REACH) committee aims to reduce health disparities among racial, ethnic and cultural groups through advocacy, education, and service. Our goals include:

  • Strengthening cultural humility through education
  • Promoting diversity of the physician workforce
  • Empowering future physicians to actively engage in political and social movements toward health equity

Get Involved!

  • Health Equity Week of Action (HEWA)
    Interested in learning more about and impacting the root and “upstream” causes of health disparities and inequities? HEWA provides ways for chapters and individuals to get involved in a national action week focused on addressing health inequities in our communities.
  • Education Equity Initiative
    Learn about current disparities in education access for immigrants, examine the connection between education and health, and take action to support education access.

Student Resources

Projects-in-a-Box Toolkits

White Coat Cards

Get Informed and Connected

  • The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) aims to accelerate CDC’s health impact in the U.S. population and to eliminate health disparities for vulnerable populations as defined by race/ethnicity, socio‐economic status, geography, gender, age, disability status, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other populations identified to be at‐ risk for health disparities
  • The National Academy of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. The IOM asks and answers the nation’s most pressing questions about health and health care.
  • Unnatural Causes is the acclaimed documentary series broadcast by PBS and now used by thousands of organizations around the country to tackle the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health.
  • Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) is a transdisciplinary organization of clinicians, advocates and healthcare organizations that provide health care for the underserved.
  • Kaiser Family Foundation: Minority Health
  • Native Health Initiative (NHI)
    Addresses health inequities through Loving Service (a human-to-human element of wanting to serve others, volunteerism) with several respected Tribal health leaders, health lay workers, faith-based leaders and health profession students.

REACH in the On Call Blog

The Health Equity Legacy of Medicare and Medicaid

Author: Pharis Sasa, MSIII Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, 2021-2022 REACH Chair Published: July 30, 2021 The history and continued impact of Medicare and Medicaid […]

The Labyrinth of Isolation: The Compounding Impact of the Pandemic on African American/ Black Mental Health

By: Josephine Akingbulu, BA, MPH, Jamar Stevenson, BA, Kaosoluchi Enendu, BS This post is one of a series of mental health pieces from the AMSA WSL […]

Supporting Medical Students Enduring Racial Trauma

Author: Kelsey Brown, Medical Student at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University This post is one of a series of mental health pieces from […]

Immigrant Health, Detention, and COVID-19

AMSA recently hosted a panel discussing immigrant health rights, detention, and COVID-19.  A video recording of the hour-long event is available to view. A transcript of […]

Racial Inequity in American Healthcare

A panel of doctors met virtually on June 17 to discuss various topics related to racial inequity in healthcare, including social determinants of health, unconscious bias […]

Quiz yourself—Spanish medical terminology with Canopy Learn!

The problem A majority of physicians struggle with language barriers, often with the 45 million Spanish-speakers in the United States. The risks of miscommunication are too […]

The Least You Should Know About Ramadan

By: AMSA’s Diversity Task Force Here at AMSA, we not only celebrate diversity but we also value the richness it brings to us personally, spiritually, and […]

Committee Leadership

Pharis Sasa
Advocacy Coordinator
Karin Zikra
Programming Coordinator
Saria Sultan