Health Equity at Gilead
Access to the resources people need to live healthy lives can cause disparities that cut across social, economic, and cultural divides.
At Gilead, we work to create a world where everyone, regardless of how they identify, has a fair opportunity to achieve their best health.
Advancing Health and Black Equity
Gilead created the Advancing Health and Black Equity (AHBE) commitment in 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd and renewed calls for racial and social justice. AHBE provides stewardship of Gilead’s enterprise-wide global health equity strategy and helps maintain the organization's responsiveness in an evolving social justice landscape.
Recognizing that Black people around the globe are disproportionately impacted by diseases like HIV/AIDS and cancer, AHBE also dedicates resources to advancing social, economic, and health justice for Black individuals and communities.
Purpose and Priorities
We leverage our decades of clinical expertise, scientific innovation, and deep relationships with community partners to continue advancing equity for people with the greatest unmet needs.
While our medicines already touch more than 30 million lives, we know millions more face systemic barriers that prevent them from accessing them. Our health equity efforts enable us to reach more people with our innovative therapies, especially those in marginalized and disinvested communities where individuals are disproportionately impacted by the diseases we seek to prevent, treat and cure.
We have identified three global health equity priorities that will help us achieve our mission of creating a healthier world for all people:
- Helping to enable access to life-changing medicines
- Delivering Innovation to reduce inequities
- Igniting social impact to advance human rights for communities
Racial Equity Community Impact Fund (RECIF)
- Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, Gilead launched the Racial Equity Community Impact Fund (RECIF) to support organizations working to tackle racial inequities affecting Black communities across the United States. In a time when many companies were merely vocalizing support of social justice movements, Gilead demonstrated our commitment to putting dollars behind initiatives to improve racial equity.
- The fund initially provided 20 organizations with $10 million in grants to support Community Advocacy and Mobilization, Social Justice, and Educational Innovation.
- Over the past three years, RECIF grantees have impacted more than 349,000 lives in 90 communities across 21 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.