Health Equity

Health Equity

The Code of Ethics for Nurses (2001) compels us to “practice with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and unique attributes of every individual.” Moreover, the Academy has a strong record of opposing health inequities and advancing a culturally competent workforce.

In July 2011 the Academy Board approved the initiation of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Health Expert Panel to provide input on issues affecting the health care of individuals within the LGBTQ community, promoting nursing participation in research on LGBTQ health, and developing policy recommendations to reduce health inequities based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The panel reinforces the Academy's commitment to diversity and inclusion and aligns the Academy with the Institute of Medicine in recognizing the importance of research efforts on LGBTQ health, as identified in the April 2011 IOM report: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.

The American Academy of Nursing declares its support for marriage equality. Marriage is an institution of central importance in the U.S., bringing with it a large number of social, economic and legal rights and benefits. Denying the right to marry is  a powerful, far reaching, and particularly harmful form of discrimination. Marriage equality will contribute to achieving access to high-quality, comprehensive, culturally sensitive, dignified and respectful health care for all persons.

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