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The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is a professional organization of Nurse Practitioners composed of a diverse group of individuals, including those from different specialties, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, ages, religious backgrounds, genders, gender identities and sexual orientations. AANP will harness the power of diversity and inclusion (D&I) to strengthen our professional and clinical excellence. AANP will empower all NPs to advance high quality equitable health care, while addressing health disparities, through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership. AANP leadership are committed to fostering an inclusive environment, which will enable recruitment and retention of a diverse membership that reflects the communities served. AANP will maintain an infrastructure to support D&I efforts and initiatives and use technology, training and collaboration to promote D&I awareness and activities throughout the organization.
Diversity has been a topic of discussion amongst AANP leaders for several years. The leaders realized that to provide the best care and advocacy for our patients, we must understand, value and represent those visible and hidden differences that make our patients unique. It was determined the entire organization should reflect the diverse populations we serve as NPs and demonstrate its commitment to diversity. In 2015, a diverse group of NPs came together in the AANP leadership program and decided to make diversity the focus of their project which was presented to the Board the following year. The group made recommendations to develop an infrastructure that would sustain D&I throughout all domains of the organization (NP practice, education, advocacy, research, leadership). This presentation catalyzed the development of the D&I committee which was assembled in Spring 2017 and chartered by Summer 2018.
Please reference these helpful links and resources to see what the D&I committee is currently reading and expand your understanding of D&I.
June 15: Native American Citizenship Day, commemorating the day in 1924 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.
June 16: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, observed by members of the Sikh faith. Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh guru and the first Sikh martyr.
June 19: Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months after the end of the Civil War. June 19, therefore, became the day of emancipation for thousands of African-Americans.
June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day or First Nations Day, a day that gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization in Canada.
Last Sunday in June: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day in the United States. It celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.
Have you experienced a diversity success story in your workplace or patient population that you'd like to share? Have you come across an article, video or other resources from which you think the rest of the AANP community can benefit? How about feedback for the D&I Committee? Fill out this form to let us know.