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Students in Cafeteria
Mission, Vision,
& Values

MISSION

Foster Future Physician Leaders in Health Equity 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.

VISION

Recognizing and Developing Medical Students into Physician Leaders Dedicated to Achieving Health Equity

Creating a Community of Learning, Sharing, and Support

Supporting Innovative Local Health Equity Solutions

VALUES

Equity  |  Community  |  Learning  |  Justice

"Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances."

- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

"Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care."

- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

“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.” 

COVID-19

—  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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