Coalition to End Racism in Clinical Algorithms (CERCA)

The NYC Coalition to End Racism in Clinical Algorithms (CERCA) was formed to end the inclusion of race adjustment in clinical algorithms. Clinicians use clinical algorithms to guide their decision-making in the medical care of patients. Clinical algorithms using race adjustment often negatively impact treatment and care for people of color.

CERCA is expanding our scope of work to include:

  • A new focus area, race-based prescription in hypertension
  • An emphasis on downstream consequences of ending race adjustment in clinical algorithms.
  • Increased patient engagement in CERCA subcommittees

Previous work has focused on eliminating the use of race in the algorithms for Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean and Pulmonary Function Tests.

Since CERCA’s inception, most health system members have described significant institutional and team support for the work. Seven out of nine health systems have de-implemented or addressed the use of a race-based adjustment in one of the three priority clinical algorithms.

CERCA members successfully advocated for updated recommendations by the American Thoracic Society around de-implemented race-based reference equations in spirometry.

Over $3 million was received to evaluate processes and provide robust support to safety-net hospitals in their CERCA activities. An evaluation of the first iteration of CERCA activities will be published in 2024.

For more on CERCA’s work so far, see:


Read the Inaugural CERCA Report (PDF).

Meeting Materials

Previous Meetings

CERCA Subcommittees

Race-Based Prescription of Anti-Hypertensive Medications

Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Pulmonary Function Tests

Additional Resources

NYC Anti-Racism in Medical Education Symposium (NYCAMES)