New NPA Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Accepting Member Applications

January 7, 2021

The National PACE Association (NPA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new NPA Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Applications for membership are now available. The council will elevate and address issues of equity and social and racial justice.

As outlined in the council charter, NPA 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 purpose of the new council is to foster within NPA and its member organizations environments 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 be comprised of 15 members, including NPA staff, representatives of NPA member programs, and a designee from the NPA Board of Directors. Members will serve for two years, with the option of reappointment. The council will establish subcommittees and develop concrete goals and action items to elevate and enhance the commitment of NPA to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Applications are now being accepted from staff of all NPA member organizations, regardless of their role within the PACE organization. If you are interested in being considered for membership on the new council, please complete the Council Member Application and forward it to Mia Phifer, vice president of Quality. The submission deadline is Jan. 22. The successful candidates will be announced later this month.

For more information, contact Mia Phifer.

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