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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.

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

Join APA Saturday, July 9 for a Virtual 5K: Run, Walk, or Roll benefitting APA Foundation's Moore Equity in Mental Health Community Grants Initiative.

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DEI News and Updates

  • September 15, 2022

APA Launches

APA's Spanish Language Communications Working Group worked closely with APA to launch, a bilingual website dedicated to hosting culturally-competent and evidence-based information and resources on mental health and substance use targeting the Hispanic/Latino community.

  • March 15, 2022

APA's Dr. Regina James Keynotes at the Shape of the Region Conference

Chief of Diversity and Health Equity, Dr. Regina James gave the keynote address at The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia's Shape of the Region Conference on "Finding our Way Back to Mental Health: Designing a more accessible, equitable system in Northern Virginia."

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