To identify, recognize, and develop future physician leaders to address the glaring health inequities that exist in our society today.
Aequitas Health was formed from the recognition of the significant health inequities that exist within the healthcare ecosystem. Highlighted by glaring health disparities coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognized a groundswell of interest of medical students in their future positions as community leaders, positioned to improve health equity in not only their clinical practice but also in their neighborhoods.
Aequitas Health was formed in 2021 to recognize a society of fellows dedicated to the cause of health equity and to eradicate health disparities in all shapes and fashion. The inaugural chapter was formed at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, focused on the Native American communities of South Dakota as well as the health disparities that exist in the Black and Hispanic communities of the state.
“In 23 states with adequate race/ethnicity data, the cumulative incidence of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 among American Indian / Alaskan Native persons was 3.5 times that among non-Hispanic white persons.”
— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)