Advocacy

Association of American Indian Physicians

AAIP’s membership is made up of American Indian and Alaska Native physicians who are licensed to practice medicine in the United States.  AAIP also offers an affiliate level membership for individuals who are not American Indian or Alaska Native physicians.

A major goal of AAIP is to motivate American Indian and Alaskan Native students to remain in the academic pipeline and to pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research, thereby increasing the number of American Indian and Alaskan Native medical professionals in the workforce.

AAIP strives to improve the overall health of American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities through a variety of programs. AAIP has fostered several programs that directly address widely acknowledged disparities in American Indian and Alaskan Native health.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

NAHN is devoted to promoting safe, quality health care delivery to Latino communities and individuals, and we recognize excellence among Latino nurses, provide formal and informal mentoring opportunities, and generally serve as a center of excellence for our members. Our goal is to create a cadre of highly-qualified Latino nurses by advancing educational, professional and leadership skills and opportunities for our membership. In addition, we work to recruit additional Latinos into the nursing profession because, while Latinos represent 18% of the US population, less than 7% of the nursing workforce is of Latino descent. 

NAHN members advocate, educate, volunteer, seek partnerships, and conduct programming in the Latino community to improve outcomes, elevate literacy, heighten education, and influence policy. We also work collaboratively with others to improve health equity and to create a future in which everyone regardless of race or ethnicity has opportunities to be healthy.

National Hispanic Medical Association

Established in 1994 in Washington, DC, the National Hispanic Medical Association is a non-profit association representing the interests of 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States.

The vision of the organization is to be the national leader to improve the health of Hispanic populations.

The mission of the organization is to empower Hispanic physicians to lead efforts to improve the health of Hispanic and other underserved populations in collaboration with Hispanic state medical societies, residents, and medical students, and other public and private sector partners.

National Urban League

To help African-Americans and others in underserved communities achieve their highest true social parity, economic self- reliance, power, and civil rights. The League promotes economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life.

The Beyond Flexner Alliance

Beyond Flexner Alliance (BFA) is a national movement, focused on health equity and training health professionals as agents of more equitable health care. This movement takes us beyond centuries-old conventions in health professions education to train providers prepared to build a system that is not only better, but fairer.

Government

NHLBI - Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women, despite a 71 percent decrease in death rates since the NHLBI began making long-term investments in biomedical research more than 60 years ago. The Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS) supports research to advance understanding of and interventions for promoting heart and vascular health across the lifespan. It also supports research aimed at preventing and treating pediatric and adult cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and congenital heart disease. 

In addition, the Division supports the development of innovative technologies to diagnose, prevent, and treat cardiovascular disease, and it offers research training and career development for current and aspiring investigators in cardiovascular sciences to foster the next generation of research discoveries.

DCVS has a rich history of supporting robust and ambitious extramural research across the United States and around the world. Research priorities are divided into seven branches that fall under three major programs.

Office of Minority Health and Health Equity | FDA

We aim to:

  1. increase the amount of clinical trial data available on racial and ethnic minorities; improve the data quality to determine how minorities react to medical products; and increase transparency and access to available data
  2. strengthen FDA’s ability to respond to minority health concerns and
  3. promote health and safety communication to minority populations who often experience low health literacy and/or speak English as a second language.

 

Health Care Provider Advocacy Organizations

AMGA

At AMGA (American Medical Group Association), we’re leading the transformation of healthcare in America because we believe in the power of healthier communities. By working alongside top professionals in our field and acting as their voice in the public sphere, we’re paving the way for medical groups and integrated systems of care to deliver the next level of high-performance health.

Together, we’re more than just an association, we’re a community of leaders. AMGA, our members and our corporate partners form a team dedicated to dramatically improving population health and care for patients at lower costs.

More than 175,000 physicians practice in our member organizations, delivering care to one in three Americans. Representing many of the nation’s most prestigious integrated systems of care, we have the insight and expertise to truly advance the way patients experience healthcare. To become a part of the healthcare transformation, explore our work and join the conversation today.

Healthcare Systems

Hackensack Meridian Health

We are confident that Hackensack Meridian Health is poised to better meet the needs of our communities, benefiting both patients and the physicians who care for them.

The new normal for health care delivery has clearly been established: We need to dramatically improve preventative care, get significantly better at caring for patients with chronic conditions, and learn to stay financially viable in a value-based environment.

We believe Hackensack Meridian Health will achieve all of this through our streamlined, expanded network of clinically excellent care. Our combined organization will have 13 hospitals and more than 200 ambulatory care centers, fitness and wellness centers, home health services, rehab centers, and skilled nursing centers spanning from Bergen to Atlantic counties.

We are excited to offer better care to more residents throughout New Jersey, and will use our collective strengths to ensure a health network dedicated to family and patient-centered care, world-class education, and tomorrow’s research. This is a very exciting time for our hospitals, our team members, and especially our patients.

 

 

 

Patient Advocacy Organizations

American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is a professional medical society of more than 2,000 physicians dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of individuals, families, communities and populations through disease prevention and health promotion.

With support from the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, a part of the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, ACPM is funding demonstration projects across five diverse clinical settings with majority African-American patients. The results and lessons learned from these practice-leading projects will be used to educate providers across the country on hypertension prevention, detection and control for key at-risk populations.

Heart Valve Voice

Heart Valve Voice US, a patient advocacy, nonprofit organization, provides patients with a united voice to improve health for people living with heart valve disease by advocating for early detection, meaningful support, and timely access to appropriate treatment for all people affected by heart valve disease. Heart Valve Voice works with people living with heart valve disease, clinicians and other experts, and other patient service and advocacy organizations to identify barriers to improving health for people living with valve disease and advocates for change to enhance health.

Mended Hearts

Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. To offer this hope Mended Hearts provides a variety of programs.

PREvent Clinic

PREventClinic is a full-service cardiology practice that focuses on PREvention and the complete well-being of each person.  We are a member of the Piedmont Clinic's integrated network, located in the city of Sandy Springs just north of downtown Atlanta.  We offer cardiac evaluations for those who want to PREvent heart and vascular disease and those who want to PREvent it from worsening.

We believe that technology, used properly, can enhance our health and the health of the environment.  PREventClinic is proud to use cost-saving technology to make your experience easier.

The Heart Truth

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute launched The Heart Truth®, a national health education program, to raise awareness about heart disease as the leading cause of death in women. The program introduced the Red Dress® as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness to bring greater visibility to risk factors and educate and motivate women to take action to be heart healthy. Upon initial launch in 2002, the program targeted women ages 40-60 with a special focus on women of color. Over the last two decades, awareness has increased but heart disease remains the leading cause of death for all Americans. Recently, The Heart Truth® has shifted its focus to target younger women and other populations vulnerable to heart disease.

Women Heart

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease was founded in 1999 by three women, Nancy Loving, Jackie Markham, and Judy Mingram who had heart attacks while in their 40s and faced many obstacles, including misdiagnosis, inadequate treatment, and social isolation. These women, who lived respectively in Washington, DC, New York City, and Santa Ana, CA did not know each other at the time of their heart attacks. But they each shared a common experience about how little information or services were available for women with heart disease. To them, the issue seemed invisible within the women’s health care community.

Patient/Provider Education

CardioSmart

CardioSmart is the patient education and empowerment initiative brought to you by the American College of Cardiology. Our mission is to help individuals prevent, treat and manage cardiovascular disease.

Stanford Medicine Center for Asian Health Research & Education

The Center will provide a common place for research, education and clinical care support allowing disparate faculty, staff, community members and trainees to share ideas and common resources. Currently, there is a lack of resources and community. In particular, given the nature of Asian Health research, multi-disciplinary groups are needed. At Stanford, no other centers are significantly investigating and developing educational/clinical care for Asians. Stanford has advantages over other Universities in this area of health research, education and care due to unique patient, faculty/staff and student Demographics, Disease, Epidemiologic/Health economics and humanities expertise.

Goals

  1. To increase research and knowledge in Asian and Asian American health
  2. To educate patients, providers, and the community about the health needs of Asians and Asian Americans.
  3. To improve the culturally sensitive an evidence-based delivery of healthcare to Asians and Asian Americans

Policy Organizations

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, formulate and influence sound public health policy and ensure excellence in state-based public health practice. ASTHO's primary function is to track, evaluate, and advise members on the impact and formation of public or private health policy which may affect them and to provide them with guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation's health.

Partnership to Advance Cardiovascular Health

The Partnership to Advance Cardiovascular Health works to advance public policies and practices that result in accelerated innovation and improved cardiovascular health for heart patients around the world

Research Organization

SIREN

Our mission is to improve health and health equity by advancing high quality research on health care sector strategies to improve social conditions.

SIREN projects are focused on:

  • Catalyzing high quality research to fill evidence gaps through an innovation grants program and support for researchers in this field;
  • Collecting, summarizing, and disseminating research resources and findings to researchers and other industry stakeholders via an interactive website and evidence library, reports, and meetings and presentations;
  • Increasing capacity to evaluate SDH interventions by providing evaluation, research, and analytics consultation services to safety-net and mission-aligned health systems.