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American Medical Student Association
LOCATION: Reston, VA, U.S.A.
ORGANIZATION TYPE: Non-for-profit advocacy
FOCUS AREA: Children / Families, Education, Environment / Land Use, Food security / Nutrition, Health Care Delivery, Housing / Neighborhoods, Immigration, Income & Wealth, International, Jobs & Work, Law, Media / Journalism, Mental health / Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Race / Ethnicity, Social Inclusion, Transportation
HEALTH EQUITY INITIATIVES: AMSA's work on the issue takes place through our Health Equity Campaign. The HEC has an action wing called the Health Disparities Task Force, made up of medical student and premedical students who lead their peers in community-based health equity projects across the nation. We also have a scholarly wing called the Health Equity Scholars Program. Students are selected through a competitive application process for this program and participate in readings and conference calls to discuss health equity issues. They then complete a scholarly project as the culmination of their experiences. Members of the HEC's Steering Committee give talks to health professions students about health equity at regional conferences and on campuses. Through the HEC, AMSA has been active on environmental justice issues, pediatric health equity, immigration rights, LGBT health equity, among others.