Take Action to Transform Health Care Together

Rise to Health:  A National Coalition for Equity in Health Care

Our vision is a transformed health care ecosystem where all people have the power, circumstances, and resources to achieve optimal health.

Together We Will


Build capacity, expand knowledge, and mobilize with concrete skills and tools to advance equity and racial justice in the health care ecosystem and in our communities.


Influence and fundamentally change policy, payment, education, standards, and practices.


Sustainably change mindsets and narratives within health care around equity and racial justice.

Who We Are

We bring together individuals and organizations committed to equity and justice within the health ecosystem to build, lead and advance shared solutions and collective actions to transform and strengthen health care.

Founding collaborators of the Rise to Health Coalition

Institute for Healthare Improvement
American Medical Association
Race Forward
Groundwater Institute
American Hospital Association
National Association of Community Health Centers
Health Begins
Council of Medical Specialty Societies

We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for their generous funding support of the Coalition:

The Commonwealth Fund
Institute for Healthare Improvement
American Medical Association

Coordinating Action

We unite people and organizations toward action for and commitment to systemic change, and structural impact. We recognize our unique assets, levers, and capabilities to build our collective power. Together, we are committed to a just and equitable health care system.

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Individual Practitioners
Professional Societies
Health Care Orgs
Pharma, Research & Biotech Orgs

Focus Impact Areas

To achieve our long-term vision for a transformed health care ecosystem, we have identified four critical impact areas for immediate and collective attention and action.

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Ensure that health care services, treatments, and technologies are inclusively designed for and equitably accessible to every individual and community.

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Build and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and thriving health care workforce equipped to advance racial justice and health equity for patients, communities, and staff.

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Social & Structural Drivers of Health

Advance together to leverage our collective strengths, resources, and power to address structural and social drivers of health inequities.

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Quality & Safety

Redesign health care systems to reliably deliver equitable, high-quality, and safe care for every single individual and community, with a goal of eliminating unjust differential harms and ultimately improving care for all.

Take Action

Our foundational set of actions and associated activities are grouped into 6 categories or “steps” for collective focus and impact. These inaugural steps are designed to move us through a deepening journey of shared learning and activities that will build momentum and impact over time.

  • Commit to acting for equity

    Committing to equity as a core mission of your work is a critical first step. Join and help build a learning community of aligned people and organizations advancing a collective vision of equity and justice.

  • Get grounded in history and your local context

    To effectively, collaboratively, and authentically advance equity in our health care ecosystem, it is important to be grounded in shared history, language, frameworks, assumptions, values, and norms.

  • Identify opportunities for improvement

    Our innovative solutions are more powerful and effective when the expertise and experience of our patients, staff, and communities, particularly those that have been marginalized, are centered in their design and implementation. This includes the use of data and data justice approaches to identify opportunities for improvement that matter to those we serve and our staff.

  • Make equity a strategic priority

    Leadership and accountability for advancing equity resides across all levels of our organizations and sectors. This includes a diverse and representative governance structure, centering equity in the design and resourcing of the organizational strategic plan, and connecting the intelligence and guidance of communities to the resources and solutions of the organization.

  • Take initiative

    When you and/or your organization are grounded in foundational education and history, have used equity informed data to clearly identify opportunities for improvement, and have developed a strategic plan in partnership with people and communities with lived experience, it is time to take action to address these past or ongoing harms.

  • Align, invest, and advocate for thriving communities

    Advocate for, align with and adopt strategies that build power for local and diverse communities and improve health and wellbeing for all. By dissolving the long-standing boundaries (e.g., by race, class, and other factors) that currently separate many health care organizations from the communities they serve or should serve, we can begin to realign organizational and community thriving as one and the same.

Join Us

Subscribe to the Rise to Health Coalition mailing list below and receive our Starter Actions & Activities and notification when the full website launches in Spring 2023.