Diversity and Inclusion

  • The idea of Black History Month is almost 100 years old. It began as a week-long celebration 1926, called Negro History Week. The concept was slow to be received but grew in popularity and was widely accepted across the US by 1969. In 1976 President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month.
  • Black History Month Is Also Celebrated Outside of the US. Canada also celebrates Black History Month in February and the UK celebrates it in October.
  • Black History Month is celebrated in February for several reasons. First, it honors the birthdays of two men who are very important in black American history: Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. It also acknowledges that on February 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment was passed to grant voting rights to black men.

AANP's Diversity Commitment Statement

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.


About the AANP Diversity and Inclusion Committee

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.

View the Committee Charge


Diversity and Inclusion News and Resources

Please reference these helpful links and resources to see what the D&I committee is currently reading and expand your understanding of D&I.

New Resources for February 2020



Upcoming Celebrations

1/20 – Martin Luther King Jr Day
National holiday celebrating pioneering leader in civil rights
The top January diversity celebration is Martin Luther King Jr Day, also called Civil Rights Day in some states across the nation, celebrates the life of one of the most influential Civil Rights activists. MLJK Jr paved the way for equality of all people, and inspires people of all backgrounds to work together to this day.

1/25 – Chinese New Year
A three-day celebration ringing in the Year of the Rat
Key January multicultural holidays include Chinese New Year, a time for family, celebration, and new beginnings. Red envelope gifts of “lucky money” are given to children from elders to ward off evil spirits while entering the new year. In this digital age, many who celebrate are sending virtual luck money to family members across the sea. Recognizing Chinese New Year means bringing in luck and letting go of negativity from the last year, something we could all practice more.

2/1-2/29 - Black History Month

2/15 – Buddhist: Parinirvana or Nirvana Day
Commemorates Buddha’s death in 483 BC and his final nirvana.


We Want to Hear From You!

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.

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