Radiology Health Equity Coalition

Radiology Health Equity Coalition

Where all of radiology comes together to make a difference

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) convened the Radiology Health Equity Coalition to explore steps radiology professionals may take to drive improved outcomes for those impacted by regional, racial and economic-related healthcare disparities.

This growing network of radiologists is collecting, creating and sharing resources and best practices to implement in daily practice, connect with patients and communities, and collaborate on programs to empower others to act.

Coalition members


The coalition includes the American Board of Radiology, American College of Radiology, Radiology Section Council for the American Medical Association, Association of University Radiologists, Section on Radiology and Radiation Oncology for the National Medical Association, Radiological Society of North America, Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments, and Society of Interventional Radiology. More specialty and state societies will soon join.

The coalition mobilization team will identify goals and develop an operational plan. The coalition framework will leverage the expertise and core competencies of each member group.

Real-world disparities that reflect opportunities to help improve outcomes


Excess/potentially preventable deaths from cancer, lower respiratory disease and other illnesses in rural areas are often nearly double that of urban areas.

Black women are 42% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women.

  • Black men are 52% more likely to die from colorectal cancer (CRC) than white men.  The 19% CRC disparity may be due to fewer screenings.
  • Black Americans with diabetes are three times more likely to have a limb amputated than others.

U.S. Latinos are more likely to die from CRC than those in many Central and South American nations. The CRC death rate for U.S. Latinos has dropped more slowly than for whites.

Asian Americans are twice as likely to die from stomach cancers, eight times more likely to die from hepatitis and have a tuberculosis rate more than 30 times higher than white Americans.

39% of U.S. women without health insurance had a mammogram in the past two years vs. 75% of those with health insurance.

Coalition member resources


National association or foundation resources


American Heart Association: Championing Health Equity for All

American Medical Association: How 3 major policy moves cement AMA’s commitment to health equity

American Bar Association: Health Equity Challenges in Rural America

National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation: Health in Rural America: Innovative Solutions to Address Disparities

Join the effort


Please email rhec@acr.org for more information.