Occupational Therapy Association of Californa

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OTAC Statement:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Racial Justice


OTAC is committed to creating an environment in which diversity, equity, and inclusion are encouraged, supported, and embraced. As occupational therapy practitioners, we recognize that systemic racism oppresses and harms individuals, families, and communities' occupational development and functioning. We acknowledge that work in support of diversity and inclusion requires a partnership among our members. OTAC has established an ad hoc Committee of DEI to tackle the following deliverables:

  1. Identify areas of immediate importance regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion for OTAC members and the profession.
  2. Identify goals and milestones to direct our efforts.
  3. Evaluate current systems/structures within OTAC to determine how they support or do not support diversity.
  4. Provide guidance to the OTAC Board of Directors on initiatives that can be taken by OTAC to promote diversity within the occupational therapy workforce
  5. Identify ways diversity, equity, and inclusion can be represented in OTAC leadership
  6. Provide evidence-based recommendations (structures, strategies, and trainings) to educate OTAC leadership on how to engage in structured, well-facilitated, open dialogs about diversity, equity, and inclusion
  7. Assess the function and future of the Ad Hoc Committee

Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD)

To address issues of systemic racism and oppression, occupational injustice, healthcare equity, and educational decolonization. More Information

The Employer’s Association DEI
This Association is to help organizations create inclusive workplaces with tools to support a business of various types and sizes to implement DEI initiatives, including how leaders can take action for equity, white people for racial justice. More Information

California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network
The purpose of this network is to advocate for state-level policies and resources to advance LGBTQ health bringing together non-profit providers, community centers, and researchers for common purposes. More Information

National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus (NBOTC)

To advocate for black occupational therapy practitioners/students to enhance and promote their contributions to the occupational therapy. More Information

Disability Rights California
This organization provides programs and resources for individuals with disabilities including access to state services, independent living, legal advice, work assistance, and others. More Information

People, Special Emphasis Portfolios, NIH Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
With the term “EDI,” NIH creates curriculum of EDI training for NIH employees. The tab “Get Connected” lists NIH Institutes, Centers, special projects, and initiatives that have been building an EDI foundation. The blog areas have separate areas for many dimensions of diversity. More Information

The Coalition to Advance Research Equity (CARE) Network
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

A communication channel with NIMHD to share information and news related to the science of minority health and health disparities.

Department of Management Health Care
Comprehensive list of resources for individuals seeking information about health care coverage and programs in California, e.g., health coverage, Aging/Medicare, cultural and Linguistic Advocacy, disabilities, mental health, etc. More Information

Religious Diversity: Practical Points for Health Care Providers
Organized by the University of Pennsylvania Health System, this site has provided a quick overview of Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Muslim, and Pentecostal traditions. More Information