Radiology Health Equity Coalition

Where all of radiology comes together to make a difference

The Radiology Health Equity Coalition — with representatives from the American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Association of University Radiologists, Radiological Society of North America, Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments, Society of Interventional Radiology and American Board of Radiology — will bring together the radiology community to address health disparities and measurably change outcomes. This mobilized network of patient-focused radiologists will collect and disseminate resources and best practices, advocate for and connect with patients and community members, and collaborate on programs and services to empower others to act. Radiology organizations and individuals will join this effort over the coming months.

Commit to act


I commit to advancing health equity in my practice and acting to reduce health disparities in radiology.


Look for an email from the ACR upon completion of this form. We commit to keep you informed and updated about health equity in radiology.

Who is convening the Radiology Health Equity Coalition?


The ACR will convene the Coalition, providing seed funding through June 2022. All Coalition members will have a role in governance, direction and decision making. Going forward, we envision all members having a financial stake in Coalition operations based on their size.

Our Mobilization Team will identify goals for the growing Coalition and develop an operational plan to act on pressing issues that affect our patients. The Coalition Framework will leverage the expertise and core competencies of each of the radiology organizations that join the group.

 
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Source: https://www.jacr.org/article/S1546-1440(18)31588-6/fulltext 

  • Black Americans with diabetes are three times more likely to lose a limb to amputation than others.

  • African American women are 42% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. Since 1990, breast cancer death rates dropped 23% in African American women — compared to a 37% drop in whites.

  • A study estimates that 19% of the racial disparity in colorectal cancer death rates can be attributed to less screening.

The radiology-related health disparities noted above are difficult to read but present opportunities for radiologists to take action to improve health equity. Dr. Howard Fleishon, ACR Board Chair, stated in his April 2021 ACR Bulletin article“Radiologists are in a unique position to lead efforts to address health disparities and accommodate the needs of diverse patients.”

How can my organization join the Coalition?


Please email rhec@acr.org for more information.