Racism Affects Health and Wellness

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The American Academy of Nursing's (Academy's) mission is to
improve health and achieve health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science. The Academy strongly believes that violence, discrimination, and racism have a direct impact on determinants of health, exacerbate health inequities, and can lead to long-term trauma. We strive to utilize nursing leadership, innovation, and science to promote policies that will achieve health equity.

2021-2024 Strategic Plan

EDI Statement

Racism Affects Health & Wellness

Gun Violence and Racism are Public Health Crises

Celebrating Nursing Diversity

Creating a Culture of Belonging within the Nursing Profession

2021 Bystander Training Workshop 

2020 INL Critical Conversation on Health Equity and Racism

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Latest Policy News

July 28: The Academy, along with fifty members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), signed onto a letter to the U.S. Senate supporting consideration and passage of H.R. 6087, the Improving Access to Workers' Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act. The Academy previously supported this bill in a letter to the House. Read more.

July 7: The American Academy of Nursing joins more than 75 leading health care organizations to release a joint statement in opposition to legislative interference. Read more.

June 24: The American Academy of Nursing and Maternal Health Organizations Respond to Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health OrganizationRead more.

June 17: The Academy submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid regarding the FY2023 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH)Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule. The proposed rule includes measures that will encourage hospitals to build health equity into their core functions, thereby improving care for vulnerable people and communities who are disproportionately impacted by the healthcare system. Read more.

June 14: The Academy, along with 68 other organizations, signed onto a letter to House Appropriations leaders urging them to not include any provisions that would weaken FDA’s oversight of tobacco products in the FY 2023 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bills. Read more.

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Important News & Dates

August 16: Policy Dialogue: "Quality of Care in Nursing Homes"

September 7: 2022 Election - Voting Closes

September 15-17: 2022 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research

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2022 Priorities

This year, the Academy has worked tirelessly to advance our policy priorities: Advancing Health Equity & Championing Wellness; Promoting Innovation & Sustainability; Reducing Patient, Provider, & System Burden.



Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), works to advance goals related to nursing and healthcare research, scientific training, learning opportunities, and career development. CANS advocates for increased support of nursing science to benefit all people and the good of society by enhancing communication among nurse scientists and the public.

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Edge Runners

The Edge Runner initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care and interventions that impact cost, improve healthcare quality and enhance consumer satisfaction. Through its Edge Runner program, the Academy is mobilizing its fellows, health leaders and partner organizations to recognize nurses who are leading the way with new ideas to transform the health system.

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The Institute houses the Academy’s work to place more nurses on governing boards, commissions and task forces with an emphasis on federal and gubernatorial appointments and governing boards of national organizations aligned with the Academy’s strategic plan.The Institute posts an essay every month to help prepare Fellows for appointments. Click here to view the essays.

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