ACC’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
To augment the College’s charge to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health, ACC’s Board of Trustees (BOT) approved the proposed vision and goals of the College's diversity and inclusion strategy, including the definition of underrepresented cardiovascular professions, at its January 2018. These include:
Diversity and Inclusion Vision:
ACC will harness the power of the diversity of its members to advance patient care, spur innovation, and improve health equity among individual patients and populations. In doing so, ACC will ensure opportunity for all cardiovascular providers by working towards a fully inclusive organization and profession.
Definition of the Under-Represented Cardiovascular professional (URC):
A significantly lower proportion of members and/or leaders, relative to the U.S. population and/or relative to the available source population (including parent specialty/residency program).
Diversity and Inclusion Goals:
- To ensure that cardiovascular medicine in general, and the ACC in particular, benefits from a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives in leadership, cardiovascular health care delivery, business, education and science.
- To ensure that cardiovascular medicine in general, and the ACC in particular, attracts and provides rewarding careers and leadership opportunities for the full range of talented individuals.
- To ensure that the diverse health needs of cardiovascular patients and populations are met by cardiovascular clinicians sensitive to and prepared to meet the unique needs of their gender, cultural, racial and ethnic and other dimensions of diversity.
The BOT also approved three primary objectives of the College’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion to meet this vision. These are:
- To enhance the culture within the cardiology profession and the perceptions of the field to be inclusive, professional, equitable and welcoming;
- To realize and sustain the value of diversity over the long-term by implementing structures and continuous improvement programs within the ACC to ensure accountable execution;
- To engage and leverage all available talent by attracting and providing value to under-represented groups in cardiology (URCs) across the ‘career life-span’, from ensuring a deep pipeline, to recruitment, retention and leadership development.’
The visual below showcases how the College plans to foster a culture of inclusion:
ACC’s Diversity and Inclusion 2018 Road Map
- Build a knowledge-based culture of inclusion in cardiology
- Develop data-driven, meaningful and feasible diversity goals across the ACC and the profession
- Build a robust pipeline of medical students and internal medicine residents interested in cardiology
- Ensure diversity and inclusion in our training programs (Program directors)
- Education and leadership development
- Assess and influence the perception, importance and reality of professional issues important to URCs. Embrace the Quadruple Aim
- Enhance ACC organizational capabilities and commitment
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