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Diversity & Health Equity

Our Vision

APA members represent a diverse and culturally responsive community of psychiatrists that promote mental health equity through the provision of quality mental health care to all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religious orientation, and/or disability status.

Our Core Values

We value equity, inclusion, respect, mentorship, and collaboration.

Our Mission

  • Develop programs and resources to bring awareness to and support the needs of evolving, diverse, underrepresented, and underserved patient populations.
  • Implement strategies to enrich the diverse representation of psychiatrists within the APA.
  • Collaborate across multiple medical and non-medical sectors to end disparities in mental health care.
American Psychiatric Association Diversity and Health Equity at APA Summer 2023 Update #AchieveMentalHealthEquity

What's New

Achieve Mental Health Equity Update: Summer 2023

Each quarter, APA highlights the expertise and accomplishments of its member leaders and presents upcoming activities and learning opportunities for diversity and health equity.

Read this month's update here

Featured Events and Initiatives


Structural Racism Accountability Committee

The APA BOT Structural Racism Accountability Committee (SRAC) was formed in 2021 to ensure the recommendations of the 2020-2021 APA Presidential Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry (TFSR) are carried out.

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Moore Equity in Mental Health 5K

Register today! Join us July 29, 2023 for a Virtual 5K: Run, Walk, or Roll benefitting APA Foundation's Moore Equity in Mental Health Community Grants Program.

Explore Activities, Programs, and Initiatives

DEI News and Updates

  • March 17, 2023
  • Diversity News and Updates

Achieve Mental Health Equity Update: Spring 2023

In our first quarterly newsletter of the year, we highlight the important work of our members, including early career fellows and long-standing advocates for mental health equity. We also share new in-person and virtual educational offerings on various topics including climate-change, maternal mental health, as well as the premier of our podcast series Looking Beyond: Unplugged.

  • March 15, 2023
  • Diversity News and Updates

Culture Corner: Book and Film Recommendations from APA Member Francis G. Lu, M.D.

Dr. Lu provides tailored recommendations that tie into the theme of the social determinants of mental health. These recommendations establish the importance for mental health professionals in understanding, diagnosing and including social determinants of mental health in treatment planning, as well as mobilizing social action to advocate for policy changes.

  • March 09, 2023
  • Diversity News and Updates

Chief Chats: A Conversation with Dr. Vishal Madaan

Dr. Vishal Madaan is the Chief of Education & Deputy Medical Director at the American Psychiatric Association (APA). In this role, Dr. Madaan leads content development and innovation for APA educational programs, including those offered through its Annual Meeting, online APA Learning Center, educational grants, and accreditation efforts.

  • March 06, 2023
  • Diversity News and Updates

Mental Health Equity Champion Spotlight: Dr. Bernardo Ng

Each quarter we highlight an individual in the field of psychiatry who is a champion for mental health equity—whether through their work in direct care, research, advocacy, or in the community. Our Mental Health Equity Champion This Quarter is Dr. Bernardo Ng!

  • February 21, 2023

Join APA’s New Caucus on the Social Determinants of Mental Health

The Caucus on the Social Determinants of Mental Health (SDoMH) serves as a forum for APA members to discuss, develop, and promote ideas related to the social and political determinants of health; the environmental conditions where people are born, live, learn, work, play, and worship, and age; and the policies that underlie them.

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