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One in three Americans is a member of a racial or ethnic minority group, with African Americans, Hispanic Americans/Latinos, and American Indians/Alaska Natives making up more than 30% of the nation’s population. If one looks at this statistic just for those under the age of 20, the percentage rises to 43%. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2043, there will be no majority population in the United States.

But healthcare for many Americans has not improved sufficiently in our increasingly diverse society. In too many cases, race, ethnicity and/or socioeconomic status still influence health status, access to healthcare, and health outcomes. According to the Sullivan Commission report, “too many Americans are suffering life or death consequences… the time is right and our citizens are anxious for action.”

Under the leadership of Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions was organized in January 2005, to act on the reports and recommendations of the Sullivan Commission (Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions), and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Healthcare Workforce (In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce).

With expanded operations nationwide and around the world, The Sullivan Alliance established itself as a 501c.3 non-profit organization in 2011. State and national initiatives illuminate The Sullivan Alliance's current mission and goals.