Member Applications Now Being Accepted

The National PACE Association (NPA) is pleased to announce that member applications for the NPA Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the 2023-2025 term are now being accepted. As outlined in the council charter, NPA believes in the fundamental principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and that proactive efforts to fully 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 of PACE participants.

In recognition and support of these principles, the council will appoint a full cohort of members that will include NPA staff, PACE organization representatives, and an NPA Board of Directors designee. The board liaison will serve as the primary mechanism of communication between the council and the board.

Council members will serve two-year terms, with the option of reappointment for an additional two-year term. The council will meet on the second Thursday of each month at 12-1:30 p.m. ET. The council will provide guidance to several subcommittees and develop concrete goals and action items to elevate and enhance the commitment of NPA to diversity, equity and inclusion. It is expected that the council will provide regular updates to the NPA board.

Applications for council membership currently are being accepted from all NPA Provider Member staff, regardless of their role within the PACE organization. Interested individuals are invited to complete a Council Member Application. NPA strives to ensure that the council is representative of the diversity reflected within the PACE community.

Applications are due by Jan. 20, 2023. Council member appointments will be announced in February.

For more information, contact Mia Phifer, senior vice president of Quality and Compliance.

Elevating and Addressing Issues of Equity and Social and Racial Justice

NPA 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 PACE organizations, a NPA Board liaison, and NPA staff to the council. The council establishes subcommittees to further develop goals, objectives and activities to elevate and enhance the commitment of NPA to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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

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