In honor of Black History Month in February, America’s Essential Hospitals launched a social media campaign highlighting notable Black leaders past and present at essential hospitals. Check out our posts on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about Black history at essential hospitals.

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While Black History Month is over, the association continues to work year-round to combat structural racism in health care.

We’ve affirmed our commitment to mitigating structural racism by developing policy principles on structural racism and health care, making antiracism a key tenet of our latest strategic plan, and producing an informational brief about the role of essential hospitals in fighting structural racism.

Recent work includes a white paper linking structural racism and the chronic underfunding of Medicaid, along with a member-exclusive State Policy Snapshot on structural racism.

We’ve added new resources about fighting structural racism to our Essential Communities resource library for hospitals on the journey to community-integrated health care. Visit this site learn more about how our hospitals address social and economic factors that influence health and quality of life, take a virtual tour of population health and antiracism programs nationwide, and share a program or resource of your own!

Interested in getting more involved in our structural racism work? Join our Combating Structural Racism (CSR) Interest Group. We meet via Zoom the first Tuesday of the month, from 2–3 pm ET, to collaborate and share valuable tools and reference resources in three core areas: culture, policies, and clinical processes.

Previous sessions have covered topics such as:

  • workforce development and education;
  • workplace inclusion;
  • workplace diversity; and
  • shared measurement and community engagement 

If interested in joining, please contact Health Equity Associate Tomi Sontan, MS, at