Diversity and Inclusion

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.

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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 October 2019

November Celebrations

  • Dia de los Muertos: In the Mexican tradition, this holiday is a time of remembrance for dead ancestors and a celebration of the continuity of life, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
  • Eid Milad un-Nabi: An Islamic holiday commemorating the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. During this celebration, homes and mosques are decorated, large parades take place, and those observing the holiday participate in charity events, Nov. 9-10 (sundown to sundown).
  • Mawlid an Nabi: Observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, which is commemorated in Rabi' al-awwal, Nov. 10.
  • Veterans Day: A U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans. The date is also celebrated as Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day, in other parts of the world and commemorates the ending of the World War I in 1918, Nov. 11.

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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