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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

Report Release: INL Critical Conversation on Health Equity and Racism

2021 Bystander Training Workshop 

Coronavirus Resource Page

Coronavirus Resource Page


On July 26, 2021, the Academy, along with over 50 other professional health care organizations, signed onto a letter to call for required COVID-19 vaccines for all health care and long-term care workers
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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.

November 17, 2021: Policy Dialogue: Advancing Policies to Support Family Caregivers, 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET
December 7, 2021: Policy Dialogue: Healthcare Systems Post-COVID: Exploring Reforms & Policy Implications, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET



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2020 Year in Review


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.


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CANS

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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INL

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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