Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) is fundamental to PAEA’s mission, “Advancing excellence in PA education through leadership, scholarship, equity, and inclusion.”

PAEA’s vision is “Health for All.” This vision informs our values, and our values determine our focus. Racism is a public health issue; therefore, in PA education, we must work together to stand against racism and strive toward providing equitable opportunities for students and faculty and equitable care for patients. It is an ongoing, deliberate, and constantly evolving process intended to achieve meaningful outcomes. To that end, PAEA has developed practical, actionable resources to help our members to build more inclusively excellent programs.

Reading Between the Lines: A Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Bookclub

Join the DIMAC as we dive deep and read between the lines of books that impact our patients, our communities, and each other. I am Alicia Bolden, self-proclaimed super reader and your PAEA book club facilitator. I’m excited to bring to you opportunities to explore literature and discuss among colleagues topics that impact our world. We will amplify and highlight diverse communities and their intersections with our healthcare system.

Cover of the book The Political Determinants of Health by Daniel E. Dawes

Our 2022 book selection is: The Political Determinants of Health by Daniel E. Dawes, JD. Dawes argues that political determinants of health create the social drivers (poor environmental conditions, inadequate transportation, unsafe neighborhoods, and lack of healthy food options) that affect all dynamics of health. By understanding these determinants, their origins, and their impact on the equitable distribution of opportunities and resources, providers will be better equipped to develop and implement actionable solutions to close the health disparities gap.

  • Meeting 1: Thursday, June 2, 2022 – Chapter 1: The Allegory of the Orchard
  • Meeting 2: Thursday, June 23, 2022 – Chapter 2: Setting the Precedent
  • Meeting 3: Thursday, July 14, 2022 – Chapter 3: The Political Determinants of Health Model
  • Meeting 4: Thursday, August 4, 2022 – Chapter 4: How the Game is Played
  • Meeting 5: Thursday, August 25, 2022 – Chapter 5: Winning the Game that Never Ends
  • Meeting 6: Thursday September 15, 2022 – Chapter 6: Growing Pains
  • Meeting 7: October 2022 PAEA forum, San Diego, California – Chapter 7: The Future of Health Equity Begins

Please note: We are looking at ways to stream this in-person session for those not attending the 2022 PAEA Education Forum.

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The first 50 people to sign up for the bookclub will receive a free copy of the book. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Tools

DEI Toolkit & Best Practices Guide

Developed by PAEA, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Toolkit is an applied, sequential, and customizable framework created to help your program meet the diversity and inclusion accreditation standard. Beyond simply meeting the standard, this toolkit is designed to encourage the creation of policy statements that boldly articulate your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and what that means within your program and sponsoring institution. This DEI Toolkit is not a prescriptive, one-size-fits-all solution. It offers the flexibility to be used in the context of your institution’s mission, vision, and values.

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Project Access Toolkit

Project Access is an outreach recruitment program that aims to encourage high school students from underrepresented minoritized groups to consider the PA profession as a career. The program aims to help students become competitive candidates for PA programs by preparing them early in their education. Ultimately, these efforts will help to increase the number of underrepresented PAs, provide more accessible primary care, and eliminate health disparities.

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Webinar Series: Elevating DEI in PA Education

PAEA’s four- part webinar series, “Elevating DEI in PA Education” is designed to equip PA educators with tools and resources to bolster diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at their programs. Watch the series to learn best practices from PA education JEDI leaders. This series was developed in collaboration among PAEA’s Diversity, Faculty Development, Leadership, and Research Mission Advancement Commissions.

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BIPOC Faculty Development

The Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) Faculty Development webpage was created as a space where BIPOC PA educators can not only find tools to support professional growth but also resources to nurture healthy lives.

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Member Insights

We regularly share stories of underrepresented PA educators and students making a difference. From student-led social justice initiatives to the importance of membership and representation, read their stories below.

Join the Conversation

PAEA Professional Learning Communities are a space to have conversations that matter in an easy and convenient format. We encourage you to utilize this space to engage in critical discussions about creating safe spaces for underrepresented PA students and faculty.

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Diversity and Inclusion Mission Advancement Commission (DIMAC) Members

Daytheon Sturges, PhD, MPAS, PA-C

University of Washington

Vanessa Bester, MPAS, EdD, PA-C

Augsburg University

Tammy Harris, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C

University of Texas- HS Center at San Antonio

Maria Maldonado, MPAP, MPH, PA-C

University of Southern California (LA)

Lisa Tshuma, PA-C, DBH, MPAS, MPA

Arizona School of Health Sciences

Darin Ryujin, MS, MPAS, PA-C

University of Utah

Pam Nagasawa, PhD

University of Washington

Sheena Brown, PhD, MSCR

Morehouse School of Medicine

Alicia Bolden, DMSc, MPH, PA-C

Duke University Medical Center

Carl Frizell, DMSc, MSPAS, PA-C

University of South Alabama