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

2021 Bystander Training Workshop 

2020 INL Critical Conversation on Health Equity and Racism

Coronavirus Resource Page

Latest Policy News

June 24: The American Academy of Nursing and Maternal Health Organization Respond to Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. Read more.

June 6: The Academy, along with eight other nursing organizations, signed a letter to Representatives Courtney and Walberg in support of H.R. 6087, the Improving Access to Workers’ Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act. This legislation would remove barriers in the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) that limit the ability of NPs to provide care and treatment for injured or ill federal employees. Read more.

May 25: The Academy submitted comments to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) regarding federal disaster preparedness, relief, and community resilience which will provide advice and recommendations about broad cross-cutting issues, related but not limited to, issues of environmental justice and pollution reduction, energy, climate change mitigation and resiliency, environmental health, and racial inequity. Read more.

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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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