At the TPS, we work together to ensure that all children thrive and achieve their full potential. When we embrace all the talent that our diverse backgrounds, experiences, and expertise bring together to make that happen, we create the optimal environment for success. The TPS created a Task Force to address diversity, inclusion and racial disparities. We will provide updates on the important work of the Task Force as it develops.
Diversity involves understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These differences can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, immigration status, religion, gender, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, or other characteristics.
Inclusion represents the engagement and participation of diverse individuals in an organization. Initiatives around inclusion recognize the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals, and work to include all into the organization's overall capacity and decision-making.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Statement:
We, the members and staff of the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS), the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, value and embrace the rich and vibrant history, cultures, and peoples of the state of Texas. Accordingly, TPS aims to establish a proactive and intentional awareness that those with whom we work and for whom our members provide care—colleagues, community members, and patients/families—have values, needs, and experiences that may differ from our own.
In its efforts to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, TPS aspires to weave these principles into the very fabric of all its work, including high-quality and evidence-based patient care, membership and leadership recruitment, employment practices, medical education, advocacy, communities, and partnerships. We aim to create an inclusive environment for all members and colleagues, and we vow to stand with, serve, and advocate for all children, irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, or special healthcare needs, in an equitable and just manner.
TPS recognizes that the work to eliminate health inequities will require us to continually educate ourselves and our members about the root causes of health inequities; to engage in scientific inquiry that stratifies and elucidates data that demonstrate disparities in care; and to seek and engage in opportunities for cultural humility within each of our practices. This outlook should permeate all the actions of TPS to achieve our overarching goal: to optimize health outcomes and deliver high-quality, accessible, and effective care for all children.