Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health Action Committee


“Health equity is within our REACH”

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

  • Strengthening cultural competency in medical education,
  • Promoting diversity of the physician workforce,
  • Empowering future physicians to actively engage in the political and social movement towards health equity.

Get Involved!

  • January Health Equity Week of Action (HEWA)
    Interested in learning more about and impacting the root and “upstream” causes of health disparities and inequities? HEWA sheds light on and provides ways for chapters to get involved in a national action week on issues important to addressing health inequities in our communities.
  • Health Equity Scholars Program (HESP)
    The Health Equity Scholars program explores being active within the context of a systems-oriented approach to enhancing people’s status to address health inequalities and injustices in the United States and abroad.
  • Cultural Sensitivity Scholars Program (CSSP)
    Through the Cultural Sensitivity Scholars Program, scholars develop the knowledge and skills to be both culturally competent and humble.
  • 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.

Stay up to date with the latest REACH actions and events–sign up for our committee list serv!

Visit AMSA’s Committee List Serv Page to sign up!

Student Resources

Projects-in-a-Box Toolkits

White Coat Cards

Get Informed and Connected

  • The National Health Equity Coalition is a policy and advocacy network committed to the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities and the achievement of health equity.
  • 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 Institute of Medicine (IOM) 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
  • Committee of Interns and Residents
    Housestaff union that provides residents an important voice to improve their salary, working conditions, education and training, and the quality of care they provide to patients.
  • 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.