From the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
We are pleased to present AAPM&R’s 2019–2021 Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Strategic Plan.
This plan is the result of a collaborative effort between Academy leaders, Academy staff, outside consultants, and established D&I practitioners. It builds on our new vision statement, which commits to the evolution of the specialty and incorporates the input of thousands of physiatrists through the Visioning PM&R BOLD initiative. Reaching our Academy goals will require the engagement of all sectors and perspectives of the PM&R community – a united effort that reflects the necessity of, and our commitment to, our new D&I pledge.
The process of developing a plan began with Board-level reflection and planning to take our D&I commitment to the next level. A Steering Committee of the Board identified and collaborated with an outside consulting team that brought D&I expertise to help us navigate next steps. These steps included an organizational audit of our D&I philosophies, policies, practices, and procedures followed by training and active dialogue with AAPM&R staff, members, and the 2017-2019 Leadership Fellows.
Organizational recommendations can be found here.
We welcome your feedback. Though our D&I commitment starts with volunteer and staff leadership teams, AAPM&R is your organization; we count on you to partner with us and to be change agents engaged in this important work. Physiatry is a remarkably diverse specialty, and together with our Academy’s BOLD vision for all physiatrists, we are uniquely positioned to implement our Diversity & Inclusion strategic plan.
Thank you for your support; we look forward to working with you.
Deborah A. Venesy, MD, FAAPMR
AAPM&R Secretary and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
Robert J. Rinaldi, MD, FAAPMR
Charlotte H. Smith, MD, FAAPMR
Stuart M. Weinstein, MD, FAAPMR
AAPM&R Vice President