Association of Family Practice PAs and NPs (AFPPANP)
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
AFPPANP’s leadership and national office staff is committed to fostering a culture that embraces the value of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion within the agency, and within our profession.
AFPPANP recognizes that embracing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace is essential to improved collaboration and morale as well as greater innovation, productivity, tolerance, and representation in the work we do both internally and externally within our communities.
AFPPANP is committed to promoting partnerships and programs that allow us to innovate and implement the changes required to meet our DEI goals.
AFPPANP is committed to empowering PAs and NP’s with information, tools, and resources to address inequities in their daily practice and by using AFPPANP resources (staffing, finances, and strategic planning) to allow PAs and NP’s to be the change agents for DEI in their practices and in their communities.
That AFPPANP will incorporate change management techniques that demand accountability, measurement, and ongoing monitoring for the effectiveness of DEI initiatives.
Further that AFPPANP applies the following criteria for meeting the AFPPANP’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
What is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
Diversity is about representation. It is the collective mixture of human beings and their individual identities co-existing within a specific space. These identities must be considered holistically to include race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, sex, disabilities, culture, and educational backgrounds.
Equity is about creating a space that promotes fairness for all regardless of their individual identities.
Inclusion is about creating a space where individuals feel they can bring their individual identities without judgment and can feel a sense of belonging and respect. Inclusion in the workplace provides opportunities for people of all identities to participate and have an impact in a meaningful way.
AFPPANP’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Association of Family Practice PAs and NPs represents approximately 30,000 PAs and 56,000 NPs across the U.S. who practice in Family Practice.
AFPPANP is committed to enhancing the diversity of the PA and NP profession, addressing health inequities among patients, and fostering a staff culture that is committed to DEI.
Fostering a Staff Culture Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
AFPPANP is committed to fostering a staff culture that embraces the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We recognize that embracing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace is essential to improved collaboration and morale as well as greater innovation, productivity, and representation in the work we do both internally and externally within our communities.
Working to Enhance the Diversity of the PA and NP Profession
Research shows positive benefits to patients when there is greater diversity among healthcare providers. AFPPANP recognizes that medicine in general is too homogenous and so is the PA and NP profession. We are committed to implementing partnerships and programs that attract more underrepresented minorities to the profession and providing the tools and resources to support them – prior to and during PA and NP school, as well as while they are practicing.
Addressing Health Inequities Among Patients
AFPPANP acknowledges that racism is a public health issue and one of many social determinants of health, including poverty, unequal access to healthcare, lack of education, and stigma that contribute to health inequities in patients. AFPPANP is committed to empowering PAs and NPs with information, tools, and resources to address these inequities in their daily practice and to use our collective voice to support policy solutions when appropriate.