AMA calls for action on health disparities & contact tracing

The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Hospital Association, and the American Nurses Association have signed a letter that “urges Congress to address health disparities in the next COVID-19 legislative package.”

AMA notes that the letter “covers collection and reporting of demographic and health inequities data; support for building a structurally-competent workforce to aid COVID-19 impacted communities; enhanced communications with minority and marginalized communities; and improved access to testing along with several others issues.”

In another development, AMA reports that it signed a joint letter with the American College of Physicians, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security, the Pacific Business Group on Health, Service Year Alliance, and the United States of Care to highlight the “importance of contact tracing during the COVID-19 public health emergency and urging Congress to act quickly to give states the substantial tools and resources they need to track the virus.”

AMA/AHA/ANA health disparities letter

Contract tracing letter