AAACN has long prioritized diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), actively reshaping our governance to mirror the diverse environments we serve. The first step was establishing the DEI Committee, which has now evolved into the Inclusion and Belonging Committee. 

This change reflects a proactive focus on fostering inclusion and belonging within our membership and promoting inclusive workplaces, while still upholding DEI values. The committee collaborates across our organization to drive initiatives aligned with our culture, profession, and vision for the future.

Additionally, the Inclusion and Belonging Committee creates and provides learning opportunities, education, and resources our members can utilize in their own practice.

Archived Webinars

Our webinar series is an engaging resource for our members that will be added to over time. TheInclusion and Belonging Committee provides 4-5 webinars annually. These recorded webinars are free to watch, and speakers and topics are carefully selected by the committee to educate nurses on promoting and understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion in the healthcare realm.

Hope Collins

Leveraging Interpreter Services & CLAS Standards to Improve Your Patient Care
Presented by T. Hope Collins, MPA, Director of Interpreter Services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC)
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Lachandra B. Baker, MBA, CDP

Leadership in the New Era of Work
Presented by Lachandra B. Baker, MBA, CDP
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Amy Cadoret, MHA, MSN, NEA-BC, AMB-BC

Sexual and Gender Identity: Historical Context and Present State
Presented by Amy Cadoret, MHA, MSN, NEA-BC, AMB-BC
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Piri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN

Cultural Humility as a Framework for Promoting Health Equity
Presented by Piri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Associate Dean of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
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Nikki Alcala, MSN, RN, PHN

LGBTQ+ Patient Identities
Presented by Nikki Alcala, MSN, RN, PHN, Fenway Health, Executive Director of Nursing
View the Recording

Published Articles

The Inclusion and Belonging Committee has published several articles in AAACN’s peer-reviewed bimonthly publication, ViewPoint, as well as in the “Perspectives in Ambulatory Care” column, which is published up to six times annually in Nursing Economic$, a peer-reviewed journal that advances nursing leadership in healthcare with a focus on tomorrow.  These articles are an important tool to educate members on issues that impact diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the healthcare realm.

Nursing Economic$ Perspectives in Ambulatory Care Nursing

March/April 2023
Gaining Insight into Member Demographics and Perceptions of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives in a Professional Organization (AAACN)
Kim Regis, Quyen Phan, Amy Cadoret, Nancy Parker, and Beth Ann Swan


May/June 2024
Evidence-Based Strategies to Promote Health Equity for All
Kim Regis

January/February 2023

Improving Primary Care: Health Equity and Breastfeeding
Kim Regis

May/June 2023
Cultural Humility as a Framework for Ambulatory Care Nurses to Address Health Equity and Inclusion
Quyen Phan, Nancy Weaver Parker, and Amy Cadoret

DEIB Scholarship

The Inclusion and Belonging Committee established the DEIB Scholarship to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in ambulatory care nursing, healthcare, and the AAACN organization.

The DEIB Scholarship was created to increase diversity within AAACN, financially support underrepresented groups in AAACN (including funding for hotel, travel, and registration), promote cultural competence, inclusivity, and belonging within AAACN, and to encourage learning from diverse perspectives within conference.

This scholarship will be maintained by members of the Inclusion and Belonging Committee, who will review applications and determine the recipients.

This scholarship will provide one recipient annually with a complimentary AAACN conference registration (full conference only; will not include Pre-Conference or Post-Conference sessions), as well as reimbursement for up to $2,500 for travel and hotel expenses.

Learn about the eligibility criteria and/or apply now. The application deadline is September 18, 2024.

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Impact on AAACN Resources

The Scope and Standards of Practice for Professional Ambulatory Care Nursing explicitly identifies and defines ambulatory care nursing practice in outpatient settings. The 10th edition, published in 2023, contains a brand-new Standard on Cultural Humility, created with huge input from the Chairs of the Inclusion and Belonging Committee at the time of publication.

This new Standard represents the first step in a larger plan to incorporate the Inclusion and Belonging Committee into the oversight of AAACN’s resources to ensure they are representative of the diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging ideals AAACN values.

The Inclusion and Belonging Committee also created inclusive language guidelines for use within AAACN publications, white papers, articles, ViewPoint, the Journal of Ambulatory Care Nursing (JACN), and more. Implementing these guidelines will foster a more welcoming and respectful environment within AAACN's membership, ensuring that all individuals feel valued and included in our community.

Scope and Standards of Practice for Professional Ambulatory Care Nursing

Celebrating Cultural Awareness and Progress

AAACN's Inclusion and Belonging Committee recognizes Disability Pride Month

Commemorating the 34th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this July we celebrate Disability Pride Month. During this month, we work to center and explore the experiences of the 61 million adults living with a disability. According to the Disability Funders Network, "people with disabilities constitute the largest minority group in the United States, making up an estimated 20 percent of the total population. It is a diverse group, crossing lines of age, ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status." People with disabilities face many challenges, including access, discrimination, and ableism – all of which are known social determinants of health. Aligned with the CDC's goal, we encourage all AAACN members to strive to facilitate seamless access to healthcare and public health programming that support health-enhancing behaviors for our patients with visible and invisible disabilities.


AAACN’s Inclusion and Belonging Committee (IBC) recognizes the significance of Juneteenth as a historic day in commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

PRIDEThis day, observed on June 19th, marks the day in 1865 when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their freedom, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. We stand in solidarity and hope for us all within AAACN. Let this day and all the days to come serve as a powerful reminder of resilience, courage, and the enduring spirit of those who fought for their freedom and continue to advocate for justice and equality. The IBC is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment where every individual is respected, valued, and empowered. We reaffirm our commitment to promoting equity in healthcare, supporting a diverse workforce, educating, advocating for, and building inclusive partnerships.

What can you do to celebrate?

  • Recognize and celebrate the contributions of African American healthcare professionals within your organization
  • Share information about Juneteenth, including its history and how it relates to health equity
  • Organize cultural events that celebrate African American heritage, such as music performances, art exhibitions, or food festivals
  • Those of us outside the Black experience might find this article helpful

Together, we honor the legacy of those who came before us and pledge to continue the work of a just and equitable society for all.

The Inclusion and Belonging Committee wishes the AAACN membership a happy Pride Month.

PRIDEThe AAACN Inclusion and Belonging Committee (formerly known as the DEI Committee) recognizes June as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. As members, we extend a warm invitation to each of you to join us in this essential conversation and learning. Together, let us unite in a shared commitment to expanding our understanding, raising awareness, and fostering inclusive environments where LGBTQIA+ patients and colleagues are not just acknowledged, but truly valued and respected.

Every year, June serves as a time to support collective stories of resilience, triumph, and the ongoing pursuit of equality. This month-long observance stands as a beacon of unity, empowerment, and recognition for the vibrant tapestry of identities within the LGBTQIA+ community, both past and present. Through a myriad of events, gatherings, and commemorations, we honor the influence of LGBTQIA+ individuals on our society, and we stand together in solidarity, reminding each other that we are never alone on this journey of self-discovery and acceptance.

Pride Month carries profound significance, rooted in the historic Stonewall Riots of June 1969, a pivotal moment when the LGBTQIA+ community ignited a movement that reverberates to this day. From those courageous actions emerged a chorus of voices calling for justice, dignity, and the right to love freely without fear or prejudice.

The legacy of Stonewall endures as a guiding light, inspiring us to continue the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights and visibility in the face of ongoing challenges and discrimination. As we reflect on the journey from Stonewall to the present, we recognize the progress made while acknowledging the work that still lies ahead.

At the heart of Pride Month lies a call to action: to advocate for inclusive policies, and champion the inherent worth and dignity of every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is a time to celebrate the diversity of community and to embrace the unique gifts and perspectives that each individual person brings.

As members of AAACN’s Inclusion and Belonging Committee, we extend an invitation to all nurses and healthcare professionals to join us in this vital conversation and learning. Let us learn, raise awareness, foster understanding, and create welcoming spaces where LGBTQIA+ patients and colleagues feel seen, heard, and respected.

This year’s Pride Month theme, “Empowering Voices, Embracing Diversity,” serves as a guiding principle as we navigate the complexities of our world. The month is an opportunity for us to celebrate and affirm the unique identities and experiences throughout our communities and beyond.