AHA and ABIMF join as sponsors of “Righting the Wrongs: Tackling Health Inequities”

The American Hospital Association and the ABIM Foundation join with the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association as sponsors of January’s national summit on health equity, convened by the Hastings Center and the Association of American Medical Colleges Center for Health Justice

DECEMBER 7, 2021 – The Hastings Center, a global leader in health ethics, today announced that the American Hospital Association and the ABIM Foundation joined as sponsors of a two-day health equity summit, “Righting the Wrongs: Tackling Health Inequity.” The AHA and ABIM Foundation have joined the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association as sponsors of the summit, which is being convened by The Hastings Center and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Center for Health Justice.

The virtual event will take place on Jan. 19 and 20, 2022, and feature:
– Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and author of the best-selling books Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents and The Warmth of Other Suns.
– David Williams, an internationally recognized scientist whose TED Talk entitled, “How Racism Makes Us Sick” has been viewed over 1 million times.
– Daniel Dawes, a leader in the movement to advance health equity and a key figure in shaping the Mental Health Parity Act and the Affordable Care Act.
– Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

Day 1 will focus on the ways in which America’s history of federal and state laws and socioeconomic determinants have led to major inequities in health today. It will be designed for the general public, and health professionals, researchers, and policymakers.
Day 2 will offer examples of promising strategies that health care leaders and practicing clinicians can employ to address inequities through policy, clinical care, medical education, research, and community collaborations.

Free registration is open at www.healthequitysummit.org.

The event is made possible by the generous support of Hastings Center Advisory Council members Frank H. Trainer and Andrew S. Adelson.

About the American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA advocates on behalf of our nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, our clinician partners – including more than 270,000 affiliated physicians, 2 million nurses and other caregivers – and the 43,000 health care leaders who belong to our professional membership groups. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides insight and education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.

About the ABIM Foundation
The ABIM Foundation’s mission is to advance medical professionalism to improve the health care system by collaborating with physicians and physician leaders, medical trainees, health care delivery systems, payers, policymakers, consumer organizations and patients to foster a shared understanding of professionalism and how they can adopt the tenets of professionalism in practice. To learn more about the ABIM Foundation, visit www.abimfoundation.org, connect on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

About The Hastings Center
The Hastings Center is a global leader in ethics research, and as an independent organization, it pursues society’s most controversial ethical issues at the intersection of health, science, and technology. Hastings research scholars explore pressing, timely issues related to two broad themes: just and compassionate care for people of all ages and wise use of emerging technologies. We are experts at advancing collaborative scholarship that blends ethical analysis with public impact. Hastings offers a trusted nonpartisan platform for stakeholders with diverse perspectives. We leverage these strengths to build forward-focused connections across deep divides, a true rarity in these politically contentious times.

About the AAMC and the AAMC Center for Health Justice
The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to transforming health through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. The AAMC Center for Health Justice sparks community-centered, multisector research, collaboration, and action to make the case for policies and practices that ensure all communities have an equal opportunity to thrive. Its members are all 155 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Additional information about the AAMC is available at aamc.org.For more information, please contact:

Susan Gilbert
The Hastings Center
845-424-4040 x244

Jaime McClennen
ABIM Foundation
215-446-3576 jmcclennen@abim.org

Sean Barry
American Hospital Association

John Buarotti
Association of American Medical Colleges