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SCAPA Diversity Statement

 

Like so many across the United States, SCAPA has been shocked by recent acts of violence and deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Unfortunately, racism still plagues our society in 2020. At no time should one have to live in fear of racism or violence. SCAPA strongly condemns these acts of violence and supports peaceful movements to address racial injustice.  Racial tensions are layered on top of a global pandemic, which highlights the need for greater unification and health equity.   The novel coronavirus has further exposed the nation’s health disparities that disproportionately plague minority and economically-disadvantaged communities. Lack of access to resources such as affordable healthcare, nutritious foods, and educational support greatly contribute to chronic disease burden and increase COVID-19 vulnerability. 

 

As PAs, we stand for equitable healthcare and opportunities across all ethnic and economic backgrounds. Our SCAPA Diversity Committee and Leadership is hard at work to ensure that this mission is supported and fulfilled.  The organization seeks to: 1) actively promote diversity within the profession, 2) educate PAs on health disparities, and 3) take tangible steps to serve our local communities with outreach efforts.  SCAPA wants to help ensure that the PA community has the necessary conversations to enable action within our families, social networks, and workplaces.  South Carolina PAs are called to promote understanding and care of people and patients of all different ethnic and economic backgrounds. According to American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), “PA education and practice emphasize patient education, preventive care, and chronic care management.” Our training is tailored to disseminate important health information that empowers our patients and creates a stronger, more resilient population.

 

SCAPA is committed to promoting diversity within our profession and striving to make positive changes to bridge divides within our state. We will collaborate with AAPA, PA programs, and community members to advocate change and ensure a healthier, more just society.

 

Approved With Heartfelt Sincerity by the SCAPA Leadership in August 2020.


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