Diversity & Inclusion
AAHPM strives to be an organization where diverse individuals and communities join together to support one another and work together to deliver the best care possible to patients with serious illness and their families.
Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
To improve the quality of hospice and palliative care, the Academy models inclusion and embraces diverse backgrounds and perspectives of those with whom we work and the patients and families we serve. We are committed to building a community and field that is diverse across many dimensions including age, gender, gender identity, disability, education, ethnicity, nationality, political opinion, professional experience, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.
Dedication to a Welcoming Environment
While a breadth of perspectives is important, we are especially concerned with creating space for the difficult conversations, hearing the voices last heard and providing leadership where it is needed in our governance, leadership, membership, operations, and programs, resulting in the delivery of culturally effective, respectful care to all patients and stakeholders. AAHPM promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces diverse perspectives, cultures, and experiences. We are committed to supporting and sustaining an environment that facilitates open dialogue, learning, leadership, and growth for all of our members.
Diversity refers to the composition of a group of people from any number of demographic backgrounds, identities (innate and selected), and the collective strength of their experiences, beliefs, values, skills and perspectives.
Inclusion is the act of establishing philosophies, policies, practices, and procedures to ensure equal access to opportunities and resources to support individuals in contributing to the organization's success.
The AAHPM Board of Directors approved a multi-year Diversity Strategic Plan that connects the dots between AAHPM's Strategic Plan, evidence-based practices in diversity and inclusion, and core themes in diversity and inclusion as described by members, volunteers, SIG leaders, and thought leaders in the field.
AAHPM has many communities that you can join and network in. Three new forums have been created as a resource for those in practice:
- Black Professionals, Patients and Families in HPM
- East and South Asian Patients, Families, and Professionals in HPM
- Latino(a) Professionals, Patients and Families in HPM
Learn more and join a community to be a part of the discussions.
Develop and implement a strategy to recruit and engage a membership base that reflects the changing demographics of patients and their families in the U.S. and our global society and represents a wide-range of professional experience.
Cultural Competency in Patient Care and Programming
Advance AAHPM programming relevant to diverse groups of members and stakeholders
Quality of Patient Care
Document disparities and disseminate research on best practices for improving outcomes in underserved populations.