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

May 19: The Academy offered comments to the U.S. Department of Human Health and Services regarding the development of the 2022 Environmental Justice Strategy and Implementation Plan which will serve as a guide to confront environmental and health disparities that will serve vulnerable populations and communities disproportionately impacted by environmental burdens. Read more.

May 4: The Academy signed on to an amicus brief along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other health care organizations challenging the state of Alabama’s efforts to ban gender-affirming care. Read more.

April 28: The Academy, along with 287 other organizations, signed onto a letter to House and Senate Appropriations leaders requesting $60 million in funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality preventionRead 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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