Racism Affects Health and Wellness

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The American Academy of Nursing's (Academy's) mission is to
improve health and achieve health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science. The Academy strongly believes that violence, discrimination, and racism have a direct impact on determinants of health, exacerbate health inequities, and can lead to long-term trauma. We strive to utilize nursing leadership, innovation, and science to promote policies that will achieve health equity.

2021-2024 Strategic Plan

EDI Statement

Racism Affects Health & Wellness

Gun Violence and Racism are Public Health Crises

Celebrating Nursing Diversity

Creating a Culture of Belonging within the Nursing Profession

2021 Bystander Training Workshop 

2020 INL Critical Conversation on Health Equity and Racism

Coronavirus Resource Page

Latest Policy News

September 27: The Academy joined an amicus brief along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other health care organizations in support of a challenge to a Florida Medicaid rule limiting access to gender-affirming medical care. The rule denies Medicaid recipients in Florida with gender dysphoria access to evidence-based treatments designed to improve health outcomes and alleviate suffering. Read more.

September 19: The Academy signed on to a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding funding for the Title X Family Planning Program in the President’s FY 2024 budget. The letter calls for increasing the funding for the Title X family planning program, enforcing the Medicaid Free Choice of Provider requirement, and expanding access to clinical services. Read more.

September 19: The Academy, along with 115 other organizations, signed onto a letter to House and Senate Appropriations leaders urging timely action to complete Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) appropriations by the start of the fiscal year on October 1, 2022. The letter highlights that FY23 funding is urgently needed to fund research and advance critical health priorities. Read more.

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Important News & Dates

October 27-29: 2022 Health Policy Conference

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2022 Priorities

This year, the Academy has worked tirelessly to advance our policy priorities: Advancing Health Equity & Championing Wellness; Promoting Innovation & Sustainability; Reducing Patient, Provider, & System Burden.



Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), works to advance goals related to nursing and healthcare research, scientific training, learning opportunities, and career development. CANS advocates for increased support of nursing science to benefit all people and the good of society by enhancing communication among nurse scientists and the public.

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Edge Runners

The Edge Runner initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care and interventions that impact cost, improve healthcare quality and enhance consumer satisfaction. Through its Edge Runner program, the Academy is mobilizing its fellows, health leaders and partner organizations to recognize nurses who are leading the way with new ideas to transform the health system.

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The Institute houses the Academy’s work to place more nurses on governing boards, commissions and task forces with an emphasis on federal and gubernatorial appointments and governing boards of national organizations aligned with the Academy’s strategic plan.The Institute posts an essay every month to help prepare Fellows for appointments. Click here to view the essays.

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