Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Matters to AAPP

As the home association for psychiatric pharmacy, AAPP advocates for appropriate use of medications, enhanced access to care, and improved patient outcomes. We believe that psychiatric pharmacists delivering person-centered, compassionate care as integral members of the treatment team for patients living with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder(s), is critical to achieving these goals.

It is important for AAPP to attract and retain a diverse membership and leadership who bring unique and innovative perspectives and approaches to AAPP and the important decisions facing the profession and patient care today. As such, AAPP focuses our efforts on building and sustaining an inclusive and transparent organization and efforts to grow the knowledge, skills, and abilities that support psychiatric pharmacists in providing compassionate, culturally competent patient care.

DEI Statement

AAPP is committed to fostering a respectful and inclusive community of psychiatric pharmacists working to grow AAPP as an organization and themselves as culturally sensitive, highly skilled practitioners providing quality mental health care. This commitment is realized through concerted efforts to maintain a robust, transparent, and inclusive organization advanced through volunteer involvement, diverse community, educational initiatives, resources, and a range of other services.

DEI Goals

  1. Attract a diverse workforce of psychiatric pharmacists.
  2. Foster an inclusive organizational culture where all members feel welcome and able to contribute.
  3. Cultivate culturally informed, diverse psychiatric pharmacists through information sharing, volunteer experiences, and informal and formal education opportunities directed at advancing knowledge and practice by addressing DEI, health equity, and social determinants of health (SDOH).