Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

VAPAA strongly supports Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) initiatives and commits to promoting and fostering a culture based on the DEI principles.

Diversity = the differences across race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, religion, political view, education and socioeconomic background.

Equity = equal opportunity and fair distribution of resources.

Inclusion = the practice involving people from all backgrounds and making them feel welcomed and respected.


Think Culture (HHS.gov): free AAPA CME 1 offered by the Office of Minority Health and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to help health care professionals with cultural competence in health care. It will also promote self-awareness about attitudes, beliefs, biases, and behaviors that may influence clinical care.

For Healthcare Professionals - Office of Health Equity (va.gov)

Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication | Gateway to Health Communication | CDC

Minority Health and Health Equity - CDC

Ending Structural Racism | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege | MSW@USCdesigned for anyone who feels there is a lack of productive discourse around issues of diversity and the role of identity in social relationships, both on a micro (individual) and macro (communal) level.

The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the Healthcare Workforce - PMC (nih.gov) Stanford, Fatima Cody. "The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the Healthcare Workforce." J Natl Med Assoc. 2020 Jun;112(3):247-249. 

More to come....

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DEI Committee, Chair: Jen Monteleone, MS, PA-C

Contact: leadership@vapaa.org

Contact VAPAA: Leadership@vapaa.org

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