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About ACU's Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Initiative

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) believes that efforts to improve workforce wellbeing and resiliency and eliminate health inequities must reinforce justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). ACU developed its JEDI Initiative to serve as a resource for stakeholders working to advance JEDI in their organizations. In addition to providing educational resources and trainings, ACU’s JEDI Initiative assists organizations with assessments, strategic plans, staff training plans, and general technical assistance for JEDI efforts. In 2022 alone, ACU’s JEDI program reached more than 60 organizations.

Read the blog post announcing the JEDI Initiative.

Read ACU’s JEDI Statement and Guiding Principles.

 

JEDI Opportunities & Events

Join ACU’s JEDI Committee – Apply by August 23, 2024
ACU is currently accepting applications from members (both individual and organizational members) to join its Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee. ACU’s JEDI Committee is dedicated to achieving equity and inclusion for patients, communities, and the healthcare workforce through organizational and systems change. Learn more and submit and application.

Register for the 2024 JEDI Pre-conference Workshop | Washington, D.C. | August 4, 2024
You won’t want to miss ACU’s 2024 JEDI Pre-conference Workshop, Interrogating Our Work: Perspectives on Social Drivers of Health and Disability. In this year’s pre-conference workshop we will be applying a JEDI lens to the way in which social drivers of health and disability are discussed with patients and opportunities to reshape our work to be more inclusive. Learn more and register.

Become a Mentor in UNCF’s Healthcare Workforce Diversity Program – Apply by July 31, 2024
ACU is excited to partner with the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Healthcare Workforce Diversity Program to provide our network with the opportunity to mentor students and early career professionals. The UNCF Healthcare Workforce Diversity Program provides scholarships to African-American students pursuing a certification or a 2-year associate’s degree in healthcare-related STEM fields. Student mentees are studying to take on roles such as Registered Nurse, EKG Technician, Community Health Worker, Pharmacy Technician, Certified Nursing or Medical Assistant, MRI Technologist, Respiratory Therapist, Certified Patient Care Technician Surgical Technologist, Phlebotomy Technician, and many others. Learn more and apply to be a mentor by July 31, 2024.

JEDI Orientation Series for Healthcare Workers (Free E-courses)

Free e-courses are available to equip healthcare workers with foundational information related to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion concepts and principles. A certificate of completion can be downloaded or printed after completing the course assessments. ACU’s JEDI Orientation Series for Healthcare Workers is funded in part by UnitedHealth.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Understanding the Concepts
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the core concepts of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and their importance in modern workplaces and society. Through this course, you will gain a foundational understanding of the meaning and relevance of DEI in today’s world, and how to effectively engage with DEI principles in your personal and professional life.

Understanding Racism in Healthcare
Understanding how racism contributes to health disparities and inequities is important for delivering high-quality and compassionate person-centered care. This course will describe ways that racism manifests in healthcare, explore racism as a structural determinant of health, and provide an introduction to the concepts of bias, prejudice, and discrimination.

This course is helpful for creating a culture where everyone can speak openly and honestly about how we can advance JEDI within our organizations and communities. It encourages a culture of bravery in which people call attention to bias and discrimination – despite any discomfort or power dynamics – and it encourages a culture of grace to support continuous learning and growth for ourselves and our peers.

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More Information

To request a training, technical assistance, or learn more about ACU’s JEDI Initiative, please contact Sabrina Edgington, Senior Director of JEDI Initiatives, sedgington@clinicians.org.