Health Justice Resources

Our Purpose Statement

CANP commits to align with anti-racism and social justice tenets in support of nurse practitioners as they bridge the gaps in health care and meet the needs of their patients. We pledge to look closely at our organization on every level to address the problems of systemic and individual racism. We recognize the adverse health effects of racism and social inequities. We are willing as individuals and as an association to acknowledge our implicit biases and to make changes to remedy racism and social injustice. Collectively and individually, we advocate for equitable, inclusive and compassionate health care for all people.

Health Justice Committee

CANP's Health Justice Committee members.


Below are some resources that can provide insights into health justice issues. CANP provides the links and content below for informational purposes only. This does not constitute an endorsement of the content or the organizations.

Helpful Definitions

Health equity: “Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.” (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

Implicit bias: The concept that “people can act on the basis of prejudice and stereotypes without intending to do so.” (Stanford University)

The Implicit Association Test

To learn more about your own possible implicit biases, and more about how they work cognitively, try the Harvard Implicit Association Test.

Advocates for Youth

A report by Advocates for Youth, On All Sides: How Race, Ethnicity & Gender Influence Health Risk for Transgender Students of Color , on transgender student’s intersectional health disparities.

Rethinking Race in Medicine

UC Berkeley's Center for Race & Gender report: Toward the Abolition of Biological Race in Medicine: Transforming Clinical Education, Research, and Practice

Resources for Providers

California Health Care Foundation

Getting Our Knees Off Black People's Necks: An Anti-Racist Approach to Medical Care (Health Affairs, Nov. 2020)

Dermatology Faces a Reckoning: Lack of Darker Skin in Textbooks and Journals Harms Care for Patients of Color (Stat, July 2020)

The Impact of Skin Color and Ethnicity on Clinical Diagnosis and Research (NEJM Group, Recorded Webinar Sessions)

Who’s Caring for Black Nurses? We Challenge Our Colleagues to be Allies (John Hopkins Nursing, June 2020)

The Nocturnists - Black Voices in Health Care (Podcast)

A Conversation About Racism for All Health Care Providers (Nurse Barb, July 2020)

Impact of Racism on Women’s Reproductive Health and Pregnancy Outcome (ACOG)

Resources for Educators

UCSF School of Nursing Anti-Racism Resources for Preceptors

Language and History

Syllabus: A History of Racism in Medicine (By Antoine S. Johnson, Elise A. Mitchell, Ayah Nuriddin, August 2020)

Words matter: The Use of ‘Vulnerable’ In Health Care and Public Health (Unity Health, August 2019)

Beyond a Moment — Reckoning with Our History and Embracing Antiracism in Medicine (NEJM Group, October 2020)

Health Care in America Is Structural Racism. Didn’t They Teach You That in Medical School? (Praxis Center, February 2019)

Other Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-Related Topics

The Inclusivity Trap: Asking Patients for Their Pronouns Helps Us Treat Them (The Washington Post)

A Guide To Gender Identity Terms (NPR)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

ACEs Health Champions Gatherings & Resources (Academy on Violence & Abuse)