JACC Leadership Page: Fostering New Leaders and Advancing Diversity and Inclusion Are Key to Achieving ACC Vision

In a Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, ACC President and Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, chair of the ACC Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, discuss the ACC’s plan to improve diversity and inclusion in the cardiovascular workforce and the College’s membership and leadership. So far, these efforts have included a communications plan focused on raising awareness of diversity and inclusion as well as work from ACC leaders including publishing JACC papers, speaking engagements and workshops. ACC’s Board of Governors and State Chapters and Board of Trustees are also ensuring diversity and inclusion goals are being met. Looking ahead, the ACC will move beyond awareness-building to concrete actions including tools, resources, programs and more. According to Valentine and Douglas, “Success is when we can look at the incoming class of new cardiology fellows and the sea of faces are representative of the patients we see every day; when the number of women in leadership positions is so commonplace we have stopped counting; when anyone who wants to embark on a cardiovascular career is welcomed and encouraged to do so; and when diversity and inclusion is woven so tightly into our fabric that we no longer need an initiative to draw attention—it is who we are.” Read more.