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Racial Health Disparities, Prejudice and Violence


African-Americans and other minorities are subject to prejudice and discrimination in our society that has an immense negative impact on their health. African-Americans in particular are at risk of being subjected to discrimination and violence against them because of their race, endangering them and even costing them their lives. Racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to have access to health care than people who are white. Further, even when controlling for issues with access to care they tend to receive poorer quality care. We know that prejudice, discrimination, and violence disproportionately harm the health and well-being of racial and ethnic communities.

Where We Stand

The American College of Physicians is committed to combatting racial disparities that affect health and health care. This includes fighting the prejudice at the root of the problem, as well as the discrimination, inequities, violence and hate crimes that result from that prejudice. Racial disparities, discrimination, harassment and violence are public health issues. Evidence-based solutions are needed to combat the stressors that disproportionately harm racial and ethnic communities.


The American College of Physicians (ACP) believes racism, racial disparities, discrimination, harassment and violence are all public health issues. ACP is committed to being an anti-racist, diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.


I Cannot Be What I Cannot See: Time To Unleash A JEDI Healthcare Environment
A presentation by ACP Executive Vice President and CEO, Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP, FRCP, FIDSA, describing actionable interventions to work towards achieving gender equity at the micro and macro levels for all underrepresented groups in healthcare.

A Historical Perspective of Medical Education for Black Physicians in the U.S.
ACP Board of Regents member, Ryan D. Mire, MD, FACP, provides a detailed history of medical education for Black physicians in the United States and the racial disparities physicians faced throughout several important time periods.

Dismantling Systematic Racism in US Health Care:  The Role of ACP and Its Chapters and Councils
ACP recognizes that discrimination, racism, harassment, and violence against individuals on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, or country of origin is a public health issue.  View this related Chapter Leader session that includes multiple learning modalities.

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ACP members from across the country have joined in expressing the importance of racial justice and equity in healthcare by participating in rallies to draw attention to the cause. View gallery.

Latest Advocacy Efforts

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To access everything ACP has said related to racial health disparities, search ACP's library of policy statements, copies of testimony, and letters to government and non-government officials.

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Racial Health Disparities

Additional Advocacy Efforts