Biden Administration Addresses Health Equity, In Line with Academy Recommendations

01/29/2021 - On January 26, President Biden signed an executive order on racial equity. The measures outlined in the executive order range from addressing housing inequities to access to health care and include elements that are in line with the Academy's recommendations to address health disparities that are a result of social determinants of health.

The Academy recognizes that it is essential to address the root causes of health disparities and inequities by examining the social determinants of health that play a role in the etiology and amplification of chronic health disparities. These root causes of health disparities must be addressed to achieve health equity.

This week, the Academy released its Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and Chronic Disease issue brief, which examines these inequities and how they contribute to racial disparities in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and certain cancers. The issue brief serves as the foundation for the Academy's policy efforts as they relate to diversity and health equity.

This issue brief features input from Academy stakeholders — including several board members as well as the leadership and members of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Health Equity and Diversity Advocacy Group, member interest groups, subject matter experts and Academy staff across organizational units. The brief was approved by the Academy's Legislative and Public Policy Committee.