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What APA is Doing for You: Diversity and Health Equity Resources

Diversity is one of the main pillars of APA’s mission and values, both in terms of making sure our profession is diverse and inclusive of a wide range of voices and viewpoints, and in addressing the issues that cause disparities in care for our minority and underserved patients. July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and with that in mind I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the ways that APA is working to ensure our members help address these care disparities through cultural competency training.

New Partnership to Focus on Gender Equity, Wellness and Leadership Issues Faced by Women Physicians

 Female physicians face persistent challenges, including pay inequities, discrimination and an imbalance between responsibilities at work and home. To address those issues, six leading medical organizations have formed a partnership, Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership project (WEL), that will bring together early- to mid-career female physicians for networking, mentorship and leadership training.

Supporting Research Into Gun Violence is a Vital Public Health Concern

As physicians, we rely on a science-based approach to problem solving and know that solutions must be developed through evidence and extensive research. The APA believes that robust study into the underlying causes of gun violence and the effectiveness of potential interventions is necessary to reversing course and preventing further injury, death and other harms to society resulting from firearms.

What APA is Doing For You: Fighting to Protect Patient Protections in Insurance Law

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently filed suit along with several allied groups in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to invalidate the short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies. The STLDI rule undermines consumer protections for those with pre-existing conditions and could open the door for insurers to engage in practices that discriminate on age, gender or health status.

It’s Time to Extend Mental Health Services to Incarcerated Individuals

Every year, roughly 2 million people with serious mental illness are arrested in the United States, and nearly half a million are incarcerated at any given time. Giving these inmates access to federally-funded mental health services shortly before their release would likely help reduce those staggering numbers.