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ASHP Policy Position 2036

Racial and Discriminatory Inequities

Status: Current

To acknowledge that racism, discrimination, and inequities exist in healthcare and society; further,

To assert that racism, or any form of discrimination or injustice, has no value in society and cannot be tolerated; further,

To fervently commit to creating a just and inclusive healthcare system and society.


ASHP and its members have long been committed to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare and recognize the need to further strengthen that commitment following the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. ASHP has pledged to take actionable steps through the creation of a Board of Directors–appointed Task Force on Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The Task Force is charged with taking inventory of ASHP’s efforts in the areas of racial diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to issues facing Black Americans, and for making related recommendations on new or enhanced efforts ASHP may undertake. ASHP further seeks to help eliminate racism, discrimination, and inequities that impact other minority and underrepresented populations and to help improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare and society.