Diversity & Health Equity

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.

With core values of equity, inclusion, respect, mentorship, and collaboration, we work to achieve our mission of:

  • Developing programs and resources to bring awareness to and support for the needs of evolving, diverse, underrepresented, and underserved patient populations.
  • Implementing strategies to enrich diverse representation of psychiatrists within the APA.
  • Collaborating across multiple medical and non-medical sectors to end disparities in mental health care.

Structural Racism Task Force

The APA Presidential Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry was formed by APA President Dr. Jeffrey Geller in June 2020.

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Mental Health Equity Fireside Chat

Join APA on April 8 for a live virtual event examining strategies and opportunities to improve the mental health of African Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Explore CME, toolkits, fact sheets and other educational content specifically for diverse and vulnerable populations.


Outreach + Workforce

View program, leadership and networking opportunities aimed at supporting and increasing diversity within APA and psychiatry.

Advocacy + News

View statements, press releases and advocacy resources to promote the needs of minority and underserved populations.


View information on APA's seven M/UR Caucuses, including how to join and how to vote for caucus leadership.

Upcoming Events


News + Updates


February 22, 2021

APA Unveils New Strategic Plan on Mental Health Equity

The American Psychiatric Association (APA)'s Division of Diversity and Health Equity (DDHE) has launched a new strategic plan to work toward achieving diversity and mental health equity.


October 29, 2020

Address Your Feelings During This Election Cycle and Seek Medical Care if Needed

During these uncertain times, it can be very difficult to manage all that is happening around us: the pandemic, job and financial insecurities, police brutality leading to protests and community unrest, and uneasiness around the voting process and the election outcome.