VALUE STATEMENT & WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
It is critical for all persons, not just traditionally marginalized populations, to work in diverse and safe environments. We at AACC therefore strive to remove unjust barriers to healthcare access; nurture compassion for patients; increase scientific knowledge in pursuit of health; and support members to be the best healthcare guardians they can be.
As an organization representing healthcare and scientific professionals, we know all too well that discrimination can be a matter of life and death. We therefore assert that equitable and inclusive treatment—in healthcare and in life—is a universal and basic human right, and we pledge our unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on all patients and the quality of treatment they receive.
In order to uphold this pledge to the fullest extent possible, it is essential for AACC’s staff, members, vendors, and other stakeholders to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. This will enable our members to better meet the needs of the diverse patient populations that they serve around the world.
At the same time, it is important to acknowledge the existence of negative social behaviors that seek to suppress and marginalize certain groups. These behaviors include misinformation, lies, intimidation, deception, and fearmongering and often manifest as subtle microaggressions made under cover of anonymity. Awareness of these negative postures will help us to combat them, and will guide us in our commitment to uphold factual scientific information in the service of health equity.
We believe that fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will make us a more resilient and innovative organization that encourages multiple and diverse perspectives to flourish. In the end, our focus on DEI makes AACC a better place and puts us in a stronger position to achieve our goals.
COMMONLY USED DEI DEFINITIONS
The purpose of this glossary is to provide a basic framework for and promote dialogue around this important conversation.
View key DEI definitions here.
AACC CORE VALUES AND CONDUCT POLICIES
Review AACC’s Core Values to understand how DEI principles tie in to AACC’s Core Values and Strategic Plan.
AACC is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all who engage in AACC programs and activities. We strive to cultivate a culture of respect and be a model organization—and scientific community—for inclusive practices. To this end, AACC has developed a Code of Conduct that applies across the organization. The code ensures that AACC members, customers, partners, staff, exhibitors, and others, in the course of their engagement in AACC activities and programs, remain free from all forms of harassment and bullying.
AACC will also assess all its programs, policies, decisions, actions, services, processes, and products (current and new) through a DEI lens to ensure alignment with AACC’s Core Value of DEI and Health Equity. Learn more.
Additionally, we have put out the following statements:
The collection of DEI and health equity materials below includes resources on the history of racism and oppression primarily in the United States. These materials are meant to provide further enrichment and education on anti-racism. This list is not exhaustive and will be updated periodically.
- AACC Health Equity and Access Division: This AACC division leads the integration, promotion, and advocacy for inclusion and diversity in advancing global science and the practice of laboratory medicine.
- Global Lab Quality Initiative: This program partners with national clinical chemistry societies outside the U.S. to improve the quality of laboratory testing worldwide.
- The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine (JALM)
- Clinical Laboratory News
Practical Strategies and Resources
- Practical Strategies
- Microaggressions in Healthcare Settings
- Cultural Awareness in Healthcare
- Opinions and Perspectives
QUESTIONS & FEEDBACK
If you have questions about AACC’s DEI initiatives or resource suggestions, please contact [email protected].