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In July 2020 AMIA Board of Directors announced the creation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force to guide and execute strategic goals and objectives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion through recommendations to the AMIA Board of Directors. The Task Force directed specific attention to AMIA’s mission and its intersection with systemic racism and health equity


Since July 2020 the DEI Task Force moved forward with its efforts to understand where AMIA was relative to DEI and design recommendations for the AMIA Board of Directors to consider. Recommendations were presented in May 2021 and unanimously approved, including the establishment of the permanent Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee effective for the 2022-2023 term. 

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee guides and executes AMIA’s strategic goals and objectives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, when it comes to biomedical and health informatics science and practice, there is a natural intersection with health equity that enables the identification and tracking of disparities in health and healthcare as well as the design, implementation, and evaluation of informatics-enabled interventions at the micro-, meso-, and macro-levels.

The impact of health disparities spans five application domains: translational bioinformatics, clinical research, consumer, clinical and public health informatics. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee also directs specific attention to AMIA’s mission and its intersection with structural racism and health equity.  

Photos from AMIA 2021

AMIA 2021- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


AMIA's strategic DEI efforts are built around three pillars.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Pillars 

Build a Diverse AMIA

Focus on strengthening pathways into the informatics field and AMIA in order to build a racially diverse workforce representing the American society.

Build an Inclusive AMIA

Build a culture within AMIA that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness to enable individuals to contribute to their full potential and further retention within the organization.

Build a Sustainable AMIA

Develop structures and strategies to equip AMIA leaders with the ability to measure results, refine approaches; diversity and inclusion --> institutionalize a culture of belonging, equity, and justice.

Volunteer for DEI

The DEI Committee needs volunteers for a variety of efforts.  If you would like to be added to the contact list for information about future activities let us know.

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Highlights from 2020-2021

  • Created a logic model to support workforce diversity, exposure to informatics, and awareness of
  • AMIA that enables recruitment and retention efforts of members
  • Conducted an environmental scan of DEI activities in similar associations and societies
  • Developed a presence for DEI content presented at each AMIA meeting
  • Gathered member feedback to inform the DEI Task Force recommendations
  • Cultivated DEI educational resources for posting on the AMIA website to promote member education
  • Created an informational session with Board members about the nominations process and Board diversity
  • Reviewed the Strategic Planning documentation
  • Created a new program to attract diverse members to attend the 2020 AMIA Virtual Annual Symposium
  • Standardized terms for baseline collection of race and ethnicity data, as part of the member profile

  • Tiffani J. Bright, PhD, FACMI (Chair) and Board Member, IBM Watson Health
  • Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, Columbia University
  • Oliver J. Bear Don't Walk IV, MS, Columbia University
  • William Brown, PhD (Board Member), University of California, San Francisco
  • David Butler, MD, FAMIA, Calyx Partners, LLC
  • Paul Fu, MD, MPH, City of Hope
  • Carl E. Johnson, MD, EdM, MS, Merck CORE
  • Kevin B. Johnson, MD, MS, FACMI, FAMIA, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Clair Kronk, PhD, University of Cincinnati
  • Casey Overby-Taylor, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jyotishman Pathak, Ph.D., FACMI, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Carolyn Petersen, MS, MBI, FAMIA, Mayo Clinic
  • Wanda Pratt, MS, PhD (Board Member Liaison), University of Washington
  • Rubina F. Rizvi, MD, PhD, IBM Watson Health
  • Rosemary Ventura, DNP, RN-BC, University of Rochester
  • Karen Wang, MD, MHS, Yale University School of Medicine

Ex-officio members without vote include

  • AMIA Board Chair/President Patricia C. Dykes, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
  • AMIA Executive Vice President and COO, Karen Greenwood

Staff Liaison

  • Vice President Marketing and Communications, Krista G. Martin