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Racism Affects Health and Wellness

Racism Affects Health & Wellness


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

Diversity and Inclusivity Statement

Statement: Anti-Asian Discrimination is a Public Health Crisis

Report Release: INL Critical Conversation on Health Equity and Racism

Coronavirus Resource Page

Coronavirus Resource Page


Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Academy's requests and focus has been centered on the following requests: (1) Protect our most vulnerable populations; (2) Support nurses and healthcare providers; (3) Accelerate access to and education of COVID-19 vaccines; and (4) Increase access, speed, and accuracy of testing.



Visit the resource page for further information on the Academy's actions, resources, and federal actions.



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Important News & Dates

Academy staff will remain telecommuting until further notice. Office hours remain 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST.

August 11, 2021: Academy 2021 Election Closes

October 7-9, 2021:
2021 Health Policy Conference

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Each dollar raised directly supports the Academy's mission of transforming health policy and practice through nursing knowledge. We are proud to acknowledge the generosity of our supporters and their commitment to the Academy. 

2020 Annual Report



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.

2020 Annual Report