Advocacy Toolkit

Family Medicine DEI Advocacy Toolkit

Academic Family Medicine Organizations' Statement

The organizations of the Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee are resolute in our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our organizations develop and advance strategic antiracism initiatives, including curricula, programs, and partnerships. Diversity in the primary care workforce helps eliminate health disparities, drives scientific innovation, and improves health, especially for historically marginalized populations. To ensure future physicians practice cultural humility, their peers, faculty, and staff must reflect the diversity of their populations, and their training must embrace diversity and inclusion.

What’s the issue?

Programs at public universities and colleges supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of legislative agendas nationwide. Lawmakers have introduced statewide bills to dissolve DEI offices and eliminate anti-bias training and diversity statements within educational institutions and universities. There are more than 30 bills nationwide targeting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at public colleges. CAFM organizations are engaging on this topic, as the repercussions pose significant implications for the future of academic family medicine.

Here’s what the academic family medicine organizations are doing:

Our organizations are deeply concerned about the erasure of DEI in medical institutions. We are closely monitoring state legislation and encourage members to participate in advocacy initiatives to increase awareness of state anti-DEI bills sweeping the country. Legislation aimed at removing the practice of DEI will significantly impact the future of medicine.

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Get Involved

If you would like to get involved by contacting your state legislature about the harms of  anti-DEI legislation, please use our templated speak-out letter. To identify who your representative is, use this link. Please help spread the word about the toolkit on social media. Find social media graphics and sample messages under the "Social Media" tab located at the bottom of this page.


If you need assistance contacting your state legislature, please contact Nina DeJonghe at

Status of Statewide Legislation

These bills would limit diversity, equity, and inclusion programs at state-funded institutions.

Legislative Landscape

Statewide enacted bills as of Jan 31, 2024

Details on State Legislation 



Tracking National Legislation

In Congress, Representatives Greg Murphy (R-NC) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) introduced the Embracing Anti-Discrimination, Unbiased Curricula, and Advancing Truth in Education (EDUCATE) Act, H.R. 7725.

If enacted, this bill would do the following:

  • Ban race-based mandates at medical schools and accrediting institutions.
  • Require accreditation agencies and associations to demonstrate to the secretary of the Department of Education that the agency or association does not require an institution or program to adopt any of the policies as a condition of receiving accreditation. 
  • Prohibit medical schools from receiving federal funding if they adopt policies and requirements relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

DEI Resources and Readings

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