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

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Racism and other forms of discrimination contribute to significant distress and workforce inequities among minority healthcare workers and lie at the root of health inequities which contribute to disparities in health outcomes. 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 our individual and organizational members and other health care stakeholders working toward JEDI. 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.

Read the blog post announcing the JEDI Initiative.

ACU JEDI Statement

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) believes that justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) is achieved by breaking down and rebuilding structures and systems that marginalize and exclude members of our society. As such, ACU strives for representation across its workforce and membership that reflects diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and more. ACU believes the perspectives gained from the lived experiences of its diverse workforce and membership infinitely strengthen its work and are vital to achieving its mission.

Guiding Principles

Continuous learning. Individual reflection and transformation are prerequisites to achieving equity and inclusion at the structural, institutional, and systemic levels. We recognize that the constant evolution of cultures and accepted terminology requires a commitment to continuous learning.

Respect. Everyone has a unique history and social context that contributes to experiences of privilege and/or discrimination. We respect and support each other in learning, growth, and healing by keeping these experiences in mind when communicating with each other.

Shared decision making. Individuals from historically excluded groups not only inform our work but help lead our work and thus should be represented at every level of the organization.

Accountability. Identifying and interrupting biased or discriminatory policies and behaviors requires regular assessments of equity and inclusion within the organization and accountability for change.

 

Apply To Be an ACU JEDI Committee Member

ACU is establishing a JEDI Committee made up of representatives who are leading JEDI efforts at their health centers. JEDI Committee members will share best practices, help inform ACU’s JEDI work, and make recommendations for future work. Apply by Feb. 25.

Apply To Be Considered for ACU's JEDI Speakers Bureau

ACU wants to ensure a diversity of perspectives in its training offerings. We invite JEDI subject matter experts to apply to be part of our new JEDI Speakers Bureau. This is an open application process and there is no present deadline.

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.

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