The National PACE Association (NPA) has established the Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to elevate and address issues of equity and social and racial justice. The association believes in the fundamental principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and that proactive efforts to recognize these principles are necessary to realize the enormous opportunities that exist to increase the satisfaction and fulfillment of NPA and PACE organization staff and the experience and quality of care for PACE participants.

Recognizing that each PACE participant and staff person offers a unique set of ideas, beliefs and skills shaped by their heritage, background and culture, NPA considers diversity, equity and inclusivity critical to the success of PACE and essential to the empowerment, collaboration and innovation needed to maintain PACE as a leader in the health care industry.

A true commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion demands action. The NPA Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will serve as a catalyst to foster environments within NPA and its member organizations that recognize and value varying experiences and perspectives and the importance of these environments in achieving satisfaction and fulfillment among PACE staff and the highest quality of care for PACE participants. The council will serve as a change agent, focusing on areas such as education and awareness, leadership and workforce development, and analyses and evaluation.

NPA has appointed representatives from 10 PACE organizations to the council: Tina Michelle Fox Berry, director of Enrollment at Huron Valley PACE; Reco Farmer, manager of Health Information and Education at Senior CommUnity Care of North Carolina; Aché Lytle, interim director of Organizational Development, Culture and Inclusion, at On Lok PACE; Tracy Neidert, LMSW, director of Marketing and Intake at Ascension Living Alexian PACE; Thea Parks, director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Midland Care Connection; Ursula Robinson, executive director at PACE of the Triad; Lincoln Sison, MD, a physician at Center for Elders' Independence (CEI); Susan Tuller, chief of the Program of All-Inclusive Care at Providence ElderPlace-Washington; Tashaniecesha Williams, lead PCA at PACE Southeast Michigan; and Maria Zamora, MBA, CEO of CEI and chair of the NPA Board of Directors.

The council will establish subcommittees and develop goals and action items to elevate and enhance the commitment of NPA to diversity, equity and inclusion.

For more information, contact Mia Phifer, vice president of Quality at NPA.

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