Health Equity

Emergency physicians are sentinels of America's health care safety net, providing round-the-clock life-saving medical care to anyone who needs it, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, or any other factor.

Emergency physicians play a critical role in promoting health equity in the communities we serve, and on behalf of its 40,000 members, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) opposes all forms of discrimination and harassment. Certain factors—that you often have no control over—can play a major role in your health outcomes. Your zip code alone can determine your quality of life and even how long you’ll live.

Racism and bias—both implicit and explicit—hinder access to medical care, exacerbate health disparities, and undermine the health of individuals, families, and communities we serve. ACEP is committed to supporting efforts to close the gaps in care and ensure that everyone gets access to quality medical care when they need it.

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