Diversity. Equity. Inclusion
APTA Montana recognizes that racism is an enormous and insidious force in our personal lives, local communities and the broader world. After numerous events in 2020, the nation experienced a renewed momentum for more concrete and authentic justice for folks who are Black, Indigenous and people of color.
Equality is the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities. In order to achieve equality, people must be fair and respect differences in their values and status. This isn't just about rasicm, it's also about:
Diversity can only be achieved once you have equality, and is a state of having differences, whether it is age, condition, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation. Promote diversity by encouraging a society where different groups can relate and build relationships.
For physicians, the words “I can’t breathe” are a primal cry for help. As many physicians have left their comfort zones to care for patients with Covid-19–associated respiratory failure, the role of the medical profession in addressing this life-defining need has rarely been clearer. But as George Floyd’s repeated cry of “I can’t breathe” while he was being murdered by a Minneapolis police officer has resounded through the country, the physician’s role has seemed less clear. Police brutality against black people, and the systemic racism of which it is but one lethal manifestation, is a festering public health crisis. Can the medical profession use the tools in its armamentarium to address this deep-rooted disease? (Michele K. Evans, Lisa Rosenbaum, Debra Malina, Stephen Morrissey, and Eric J. Rubin, 6/10)
406 Pride – The Billings-based 406 Pride’s mission is to use education and outreach to work with the diverse populations of Montana to build unity, acceptance, and fellowship and to ensure that LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and throughout the community. The group hosts monthly events, quarterly volunteer outings, and ongoing educational programs.
Rainbow Coffee House - The Rainbow Coffee House is a safe space and provides time every Thursday evening during the school year and monthly over the summer in Billings for high school-aged LGBTQ+ students to gather, drink coffee (or tea), eat snacks and connect with community.
Pride Foundation – Pride Foundation is a regional community foundation, with a Montana chapter, that inspires giving to expand opportunities and advance full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people across the Northwest.
APTA: Seven Resources To Inform Your Practice With LGBTQ+ Patients and Clients - Concepts of cultural competency apply to more than race and ethnicity — they're relevant to any situation in which a set of congruent behaviors are required to enable work in a cross-cultural situation. This includes the practice of physical therapy with patients and clients who are members of a sexual or gender minority.
The following seven resources can help you gain a better perspective:
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