Racism, in all forms, harms individuals and is deleterious to all communities, institutions and society at-large. Racism contributes to shortened life spans, health disparities, health inequities and chronic illness. Racism is an urgent public health problem for all.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix joins the leading professional associations in medicine — such as the Association of American Medical CollegesAmerican Medical Association, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and Arizona Medical Association — in condemning racism and declaring racism a public health urgency.

As a medical school that is charged with training the next generation of physicians, it is incumbent on us to take action to dismantle racism and give a new generation of physicians the skills and training to speak and act against racism for the betterment of patients and public health.

The UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix:

  • Rejects racism in all forms.
  • Recognizes racism as an urgent public health issue.
  • Promotes and delivers educational programs to reduce institutional and systemic racism.
  • Commits to training our community members to advance anti-racist practices in medicine.
  • Acknowledges racism as a root cause of many health inequities, especially for minoritized communities.
  • Denounces brutality and violence against the Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian communities and all other communities.
  • Strives to diversify its faculty, students, postdocs, residents, fellows and staff to reflect the population of Arizona.
  • Supports research and practice to reduce disparities in health outcomes.