Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Position Statement
The American Academy of HIV Medicine, as an organization of diverse healthcare practitioners, is fully committed to advancing the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in its organizational practices, advocacy work and educational programming. The Academy is dedicated to furthering equitable access to affordable and high-quality HIV prevention, care and treatment for communities disproportionately affected by HIV—BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ community, those from socio-economically disadvantaged households and people who meet at the intersection.
We care about the well-being of all people, families, and communities – advocating for all racial, ethnic, faith, gender, sexual, age and (dis)ability identities and dispositions.
We bring together our diverse membership so that their collective experience, skill and passion can be leveraged to advance our commitment to DEI; and we champion policies and practices that are inclusive, fair and just both internally and externally.
We want Academy leadership and staff to be representative of the diverse communities served by our members.
We commit to modeling principles of anti-racism and cultural humility to help ensure people with or at risk for HIV are met in their healthcare settings with respect and sensitivity, and without stigma.
To achieve this mission, we will:
- Embrace and promote DEI among our staff, board of directors, members, credentialed HIV providers, faculty and representatives of the media
- Ensure that all of the Academy’s educational programming, credentialing examinations and activities are inclusive of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences and are equitable in access
- Encourage the recruitment, training and education of a diverse pool of medical providers that reflect the breadth and depth of the epidemic to ensure BIPOC, women and transgender providers enter and stay in the field
- Challenge systemic and institutional racism in medical education and practice
- Assess awareness of DEI principles and promote and provide continued self-reflection and education opportunities to health care providers