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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility (DEIA)

American Dental Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

Multicultural Networking Groups

The Multicultural, Diversity, and Inclusion (MDI) Network is a network of independent groups of various diverse identities and affiliations based on race/ethnicity; disability; sexual orientation; and religious affiliation that collectively support the increase of diversity and inclusion in occupational therapy.

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Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD)

COTAD is a volunteer group aiming to increase diversity in the workforce and empower occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and students to enhance cultural humility to create a more inclusive environment. COTAD promotes diversity and inclusion through the development of educational materials, presentations, and advocacy. COTAD’s committees focus on community outreach, academic engagement, and resource development such as the following:

More AOTA Multicultural Interests resources

American Public Health Association

Health Equity

Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health & Housing Equity (PDF) examines how structural racism and discriminatory policies led to housing and health inequality in America for low-income communities and people of color.

APHA Action Alert: Urge your members of Congress to support health equity legislation

APHA Health Equity Briefs and Fact Sheets 

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APHA's Georges Benjamin on "Closing the Gap on Health Disparities"

Better Health Through Equity: Case Studies in Reframing Public Health Work (PDF) highlights state and local efforts from health agencies and one Tribal Nation across Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin to address the root causes of health inequities.

Read APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin's thoughts on health equity ("It is simply impossible to talk about the roles that racism and discrimination play in the health of our communities without taking a hard look inward...")

More APHA Resources on Health Equity and Racism and Health

American Speech–Language–Hearing Association

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) addresses cultural and linguistic diversity issues related to professionals and persons with communication disorders and differences. Contact the staff of OMA at

Developing Cultural Competence

Practice Resources

Consumer Resources

Association of American Medical Colleges

The MedEdPORTAL Anti-racism in Medicine Collection provides educators with practice-based, peer-reviewed resources to teach anti-racist knowledge and clinical skills, elevates the educational scholarship of anti-racist curricula, and aims to convene a community of collaborators dedicated to the elimination of racism within medical education. 

National Athletic Trainers' Association


Diversity Enhancement Grant Program

NATA offers Diversity Enhancement Grants up to $5,000 in three different categories to help support the advancement of diversity within the AT profession. Grant applications are due April 1 of each calendar year.

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Physician Assistant Education Association

Culturally Appropriate Care

The ARC-PA standards highlight the importance of cross cultural communication by stating a PA program curriculum “must include instruction to prepare students to provide medical care to patients from diverse populations.” An annotation to this standard goes on to comment that “quality health care education involves an ongoing consideration of the constantly changing health care system and the impact of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities on health care delivery.” The following resources will be useful for educators and learners alike to explore resources related to cultural competency, cultural humility and cross cultural communication.

Health Disparities, Health Equity, and Bias

The term health disparity refers to a population-specific difference in disease, health outcome, quality of health care and/or access to health care service. In order to minimize health care disparities, it is imperative for health care providers to be educated on the prevalence, root causes and consequences of these disparities. The following resources can be used for educators and students to explore resources related to the examination and education regarding health disparities.

Health Literacy

The following are resources that can be used by PA educators to teach PA students how to improve patient care for individuals with low health literacy.

LGBT Inclusion

An often under-looked area in the goal towards minimizing health disparities is in the area of LGBT health. Some educators feel ill-equipped to teach LGBT-competent care or to assist students in facing biases in this area. This page contains numerous resources to help the PA educator accomplish this task.