New Guide for Embedding Equity in Crisis Preparedness and Response

Feb 7, 2024 | News

The American Medical Association’s Embedding Equity in Crisis Preparedness and Response in Health Systems guide, made in collaboration with a number of organizations*, including the NYC Pandemic Response Institute, supports health care professionals in embedding equity and racial justice during crises. The guide provides candid accounts of organizations across the country as they embed equity and racial justice during crises and shares key findings learned along the way.

The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted historically marginalized and minoritized communities, shedding light on the urgent need for collective action towards embedding equity into our crisis preparedness and response systems.

This guide has a broad audience in mind: anyone who has a role within a health system that can influence the actions and processes in that system. However, this guide is especially critical for senior leaders (e.g., C-suite, board members) who have the power to make health equity a strategic organizational priority and to ensure sustainable resource allocation to support those leading the work. The document is structured in four parts and includes a workbook to help organizations apply learnings from the guide in their own crisis response planning.

*The creation of this guide was a collaborative effort including many individuals and organizations across the health care ecosystem including the American Association of Public Health Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Public Health Association, For the Culture Consulting, LLC, New York City Pandemic Response Institute, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Reproductive Health Impact.