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Against the backdrop of large-scale demonstrations triggered by the realities of systemic bias and structural racism that give rise to health, economic, and legal inequities and their tragic, often lethal, consequences, the National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health Program works in partnership with national and local stakeholders on behalf of the fundamental changes needed to eliminate those inequities for populations across the United States.

As COVID-19 commands the attention of our nation, we face an extraordinary opportunity to advance health equity – a state where everyone in the United States is able to achieve their full health potential – by eliminating the structural barriers to good health for marginalized populations. One of the root causes of health inequity is structural racism, illuminated most recently by the disproportionate outcomes for people of color related to COVID-19 and increasingly highlighted in the national dialogue around racial injustice.

The Culture of Health Program is committed to advancing the scientific underpinnings for progress in health equity and sharing evidence-based strategies to bring about the transformation in policy decision-making and public recognition necessary to dismantle structural racism and ultimately achieve health equity for all – mitigating the effects of the current crisis and safeguarding the well-being of our nation for the future. Resources on health equity in the context of COVID-19 are available below. For more information on the program and additional tools to understand and address the root causes of systemic and structural inequities and their health consequences, visit the Culture of Health Program homepage.

Resources on Health Equity in the Context of COVID-19 and Disproportionate Outcomes for Marginalized Groups

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U.S. Government Agencies 


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HHS Initiatives to Address the Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on African Americans and Other Racial and Ethnic Minorities

COVID-19 Funding Available to Minority, Rural and Socially Vulnerable Communities for Linkages to Services, Information and Education (Note: Applications closed on May 11, 2020)


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Communication Toolkit For Migrants, Refugees, and Other Limited-English-Proficient Populations


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights in Action

Bulletin: Civil Rights, HIPAA, and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


U.S. Food and Drug Administration

A Decade of FDA Advancing Health Equity

Multilingual COVID-19 Resources


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