CHS Health Equity Mission
- Recruit and retain diverse students, faculty and staff in all CHS programs.
- Continue to revise our curriculum to be responsive to racism and social inequalities in health in the communities we serve.
- Train and support our students to become healthcare professionals that possess cultural humility through education, community outreach, and multidisciplinary experiential learning opportunities.
- Integrate our students to the(ir) local and global communities to provide quality clinical and public health services.
- Empower our graduates with the knowledge, resources and tools to disrupt the structures and systems that perpetuate racism and health inequities in Black and other historically marginalized communities.
On-Campus Student Activities
Physical Therapy Multicultural Leadership Alliance
PTMLA Mission: To create an environment of self-growth in regards to cultural competence amongst our students and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the physical therapy profession.
Prior events have included: Inclusive Language in Healthcare, and LGBTQIA+ Community and related health disparities.
Pro Bono Clinic
Opening March 2021, Arcadia University’s student-run Pro Bono Clinic offers no-cost physical therapy services to underinsured individuals.
Public Health Week
Arcadia’s annual celebration of National Public Health Week (NPHW) focuses on various topics, like 2021’s events on addiction, climate change, resilience, and careers. The topics reflect the daily themes of rebuilding, galvanizing climate change, and building COVID-19 resilience set by the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Physician Assistant Diversity Committees
PA Class of 2022 and 2023’s committees discuss health disparity issues – Autism, Indigenous access to healthcare, and a hosted panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in medicine.
Alex Cristofori ’21M, MPH shared how his work as a peer mentor in recognizing that students felt that discussions of race, inequality, and diversity in medicine were missing from their education in health care.
Milestones for Historically Marginalized Populations
As the University continues addressing health inequities across its communities, the College seeks five-year goals to grow historically marginalized populations of students, staff and faculty based on its current members and recognizing room for inclusion.