ACA Publishes Diversity Statement
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 08:01 AM

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has published a statement on diversity that acknowledges the importance that cultural competency plays in the chiropractic profession’s ability to deliver quality health care, improve patient outcomes and engage in public health initiatives.

“ACA acknowledges cultural agility as a foundation for competent healthcare delivery to improve patient outcomes and engage in public health initiatives,” the statement reads in part. “ACA defines cultural agility as having enhanced skills and knowledge of the needs of a multicultural society and requiring a commitment to inclusion that begins with broader concepts of diversity.”

In its statement, ACA also notes that diversity encompasses, “without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability, socioeconomic status and marital and parental status.”

“ACA has taken a number of steps to enhance our diversity sensitivity, foremost being the establishment of our Diversity Commission,” said ACA President N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC. “This diversity statement further clarifies our beliefs and values surrounding this issue, enabling us to move forward with a common understanding of what diversity entails for us as healthcare providers and why it matters.”

Established in March 2018, the ACA Diversity Commission has worked on several initiatives this past year, including a blog series on the ACA website and a Facebook Live discussion in November. To read the diversity statement in its entirety, visit https://www.acatoday.org/About/Diversity-Statement.