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The organization says more needs to be done to fight aspects of health and healthcare which negatively impacts racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural communities.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released a framework to address disparities and discrimination in health and healthcare that negatively impacts racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural communities.
In a pair of policy paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the organization lays out a framework which would confront the tangled aspects of U.S. society which contribute to poorer health outcomes in people due to their race, ethnicity, religious, or cultural identities.
Another three companion papers were also published offering specific recommendations addressing this issue in regard to education and the healthcare workforce, specific populations, and in criminal justice practices, according to a news release.
“As a physician, I want every one of my patients to be in the best possible health that they can be,” Jacqueline W. Fincher, MD, MACP, president of ACP, says in the release.“Research shows us that many people experience inequities and disparities in health access and outcomes, simply because of their race, ethnicity, religion and cultural identities, and where they live. This is unacceptable. At ACP we are committed to good health care for all, poor health care for none.”
The framework includes recommendations for policymakers to understand and address disparities in health and healthcare which would enhance the quality and effectiveness of healthcare for all citizens.
The release includes the following descriptions of the aforementioned papers and framework: