This is a collection of accredited continuing education activities that address a wide spectrum of topics related to health equity, diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you have any suggestions for content that should be included, please contact us at cme@aah.org!

AHA Health Equity Curriculum

Addressing both medical and non-medical barriers is crucial to achieving health and well-being for all. Therefore, the American Heart Association  is creating and launching a digital learning platformed comprised of a comprehensive health equity curriculum that will aid aspiring and practicing healthcare professionals in understanding, identifying and addressing social determinants of health (SDOH), social needs, and the impact they have on individuals at points of care, specifically for those who’ve been disproportionately affected by heart disease, stroke, diabetes, COVID-19, and risk-factors such as hypertension.

Proposed Courses Include:

  • Structural Racism 101
  • Health Equity 101
  • Race as a Social Construct: Debunking the Myth of Race as Biological
  • Understanding the Sex/Gender System
  • Zip Code vs Genetic Code
  • Implicit Bias & Microaggressions
  • Intersectionality: Layered Health and Social Inequities
  • Cultural Competency vs Cultural Consciousness
  • Social Determinants of Health & Social Needs

On Demand Education




Additional Resources

A Brief History of Racism in Healthcare (4-minute read) 
From 19th-century beliefs to cruel experiments and today's COVID-19 rates, this article briefly explains how systemic racism has affected healthcare. 
States are Calling Racism a Public Health Crisis. Here's What that Means (6-minute read) 
This article summarizes how and why local and state governments are declaring racism a public health crisis, and what those declarations do and don’t entail.

With Wisconsin Disparities in Mind, Researchers and Advocates Reimagine Health Care for Black Mothers (6-minute read) 
This article, published during national Black Maternal Health Week, highlights how Wisconsin researchers and advocates are shedding light on the crisis of Black maternal and infant mortality. It discusses how they are returning to solutions that have historically been a part of the birthing process in the Black community.