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As a global hematology community, ASH understands the importance of having individuals with diverse perspectives and experiences in all areas of the field. Through various ASH programs and committees, ASH continues its long-standing commitment to combating inequities in hematology, supporting scientists and clinicians from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine, and embracing diverse voices across the patient and health care communities.

ASH Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) is committed to building and nurturing a global hematology community and workforce inclusive of diverse perspectives, talents, and experiences as it works toward one collective goal: helping hematologists conquer blood diseases worldwide. ASH stands in solidarity with our members and patients in communities that are targets of discrimination, harassment, and violence, and remains committed to combatting all forms of bigotry. The four-pronged approach to fulfilling the Society’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is:

  1. Inspiring, recruiting, and supporting researchers and clinicians from diverse backgrounds to pursue and succeed in careers in hematology and related fields.
  2. Involving people with diverse perspectives, talents, and experiences in leadership, volunteer, and staff positions.
  3. Providing resources and education to help build awareness of and seek to dismantle systemic racism and other forms of discrimination affecting our members and patients.
  4. Advocating for policies and supporting programs that aim to eliminate health disparities in the care of hematology patients.

ASH welcomes and encourages engagement and participation of individuals in the Society regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ability, national origin, or other attributes.

DEI Initiatives

Through its initiatives, ASH’s work within the DEI space, which spans over a decade, ensures the global hematology community remains inclusive of diverse perspectives, talents and experiences.

Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI)
The ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI) was created in 2003 to increase the participation of those underserved and underrepresented training in hematology-related fields and to increase their representation in the number hematologists with academic and research appointments.

Women in Hematology Working Group
The Women in Hematology Working Group (WIH) was created in 2019 to support the careers of women hematologists. The group is focused on strengthening opportunities for recognition of the contributions of women to the field, providing networking and mentorship opportunities to women at all levels of their careers, and identifying additional opportunities to support the careers of women in hematology. They annually host the Women in Hematology Networking Reception, which has previously included speaker Dr. Julie Silver’s presentation on “Accelerating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with a Focus on Women in Hematology.”

Health Equity Collective
In 2021 ASH established the Health Equity Collective, a cooperative enterprise of support for organizations seeking to help stop the trajectory and minimize the impact of health care inequality. This initiative builds on ASH’s work over the last decade and holds the promise of what ASH can do in the future with partnering organizations.

(NEW!) ASH DEI Toolkit for Clinical Trial Sponsors

This guide is designed to help trial sponsors incorporate DEI principles throughout the trial life cycle. It includes actionable recommendations, reference articles, and additional resources from both national and international regulatory bodies and research organizations.

Explore actionable steps that cover the following vital aspects:

  1. Formulating the research question
  2. Trial design
  3. Trial Budget
  4. Ethics & other reviews
  5. Study conduct & data collection

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Reconsideration of Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) Reference Ranges by Duffy Status

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will be leading a two-year health equity project focused on ensuring that individuals with Duffy-null associated neutrophil count (DANC) receive appropriate care. Approximately two in three people in the United States who are of African or Middle Eastern ancestry have the Duffy null phenotype, which is defined as the non-expression of the Duffy antigen on red blood cells. Of note, race and ethnicity are not biological facts but sociopolitical constructs. Genetic traits do not obey racial boundaries or geographic constructs, so using them as proxies requires extreme caution. While the Duffy null phenotype is not exclusive to African or Arabian Peninsula genetic ancestry, it is most commonly found among these populations.

Many individuals with the Duffy null phenotype are incorrectly labeled as having neutropenia – a condition that increases the risk of infection or suggests disordered bone marrow function. This mislabeling can result in unnecessary, expensive, and invasive testing, delayed or discontinued chemotherapy, exclusion from clinical trials, restricted access to therapeutics, and other negative consequences. Ensuring proper care of these individuals can be achieved by expanding the collective understanding of Duffy-null-associated neutrophil count (DANC) and its impact on the continuum from clinical trials to proper care. This will be accomplished through three aims:

  1. Empowering selected health care systems to reconsider their ANC ranges for the Duffy-null population and sharing information about their efforts.
  2. Educating health care professionals about DANC.
  3. Intervening at the population level, including education of clinical trialists and the public about the implications of DANC.

This work is funded by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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DEI Resources

ASH’s thoughtful, insightful, and bold DEI programming and materials offer an opportunity to educate ourselves and others, and foster a new cultural framework for future Hematologists.

The ASH Anti-Racism Toolkit and ASH DEI Toolkit are available to help further your understanding of DEI and learn day-to-day best practices as clinicians, researchers, and educators.

Listening Sessions
As part of the work of the ASH Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in 2020 ASH held a series of structured listening sessions to learn from Society members about their experiences as well as opportunities in the hematology community related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The sessions explored issues faced by those from backgrounds traditionally disadvantaged in medicine.

DEI Programming at the ASH Annual Meeting
ASH remains committed to building and nurturing a global hematology community and workforce inclusive of diverse perspectives, talents, and experiences. As we work toward one collective goal – helping hematologists conquer blood diseases worldwide, select DEI sessions presented at the annual meeting have been made accessible for free on ASH Academy On Demand. You can access these sessions at no cost when you create a free ASH account.

Making an Impact

Get to know the individuals who are leading the way in the creation of more inclusive and equitable patient and health care communities.

Navigating Her Own Journey to Hematology
After travelling the world, working in finance, and attending performing arts school, Dr. Tamara Dunn finds her own path to becoming a doctor.

From a Small-Town Farm in Oklahoma to Epidemiologist
Dr. Deirdra Terrell, a first-generation college graduate, grew up on a farm in a small town in Oklahoma, with death and disease as a large part of her identity.

A Competitive Runner on the Clinical Research Track
Dr. Christopher Flowers’s competitive streak led him far beyond his local, regional, and national track and field championships.

Inspiring Lyrics Help Fight Childhood Cancer
Dr. Rayne Rouce is not your “classic” physician. Her patients and their families are glad that’s the case.

A Chemistry Lover Finds Her Calling in Hematology
Dr. Lachelle D. Weeks was all set to pursue a career in chemistry when she fell in love with oncology, after learning that nitrogen mustards were used to treat cancer in a medicinal chemistry class.

Lift as You Climb: An Interview with Dr. Michael R. DeBaun, MD, MPH
Dr. Michael R. DeBaun speaks about his family code of serving others, which he passes along to generations of mentees.

Interviews With the ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program Awardees
The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) provides underrepresented minority medical students with a mentored research experience to advance their careers as hematologists-in-training. Each year, we highlight several MMSAP awardees and their experiences as part of ASH’s robust career advancement pipeline.

Health Equity Compendium

Health Equity Compendium

This compendium highlights peer-reviewed content that investigates structural barriers and inequities impacting provision of care across hematology for patients from underserved racial/ethnic populations, those of lower socio-economic status, and other vulnerable groups.

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AM DEI Sessions 2023_New

As part of ASH's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the Society has made a series of complimentary sessions on an array of DEI topics available on ASH Academy On Demand.

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Conversations for Change


Conversations for Change is an innovative tool designed to empower hematologists and healthcare professionals with the knowledge and resources needed to address health disparities in the field of hematology.

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