Equity & Advocacy Bulletin #6

December 2021 | ANA Equity & Advocacy Bulletin by Doris Hong, PsyD

We would like to begin our bulletin by saying a sincere thank you to everyone who witnessed and supported the growth of this committee since we began in June 2020. Many of us were new to advocacy work but we are proud to say that each of us has challenged ourselves to make contributions to the cause of enhancing equity in the field of neuropsychology. Please check here to find the resources, statements, and past events organized over our term. Now we are excited to announce that we have six new members to join the 2022 term, and we look forward to the passion and inspiration that they will bring with them. Please join us to welcome Shehroo Pudumjee (co-chair), Ashley Nguyen, Jody Lanza-Gregory, Cardinal Do, Julia Chen, and Iris Yi Miao to the ANA advocacy committee. Rowena Ng (co-chair), Doris Hong, and Sana Arastu will also be continuing with the committee in the new term. Photos and bios will soon be updated on our webpage, please check here to “meet” the new ANAAC.


Tue, December 14, 2021 6:00 – 7:30 PM EST: The NIH UNITED initiative will host a listening session on NIH Stakeholders Discuss Racial & Ethnic Equity. Register here.

Tue, December 28, 2021 8:00-9:00 EST: Join a night of stories, poetry, and music to celebrate Solstice and Shabe Yalda for Afghanistan. Register here

Thur, January 27, 2022 5:00 PM EST: ANAAC will host the first webinar of a series on intersectionality in collaboration with our sister organizations (HNS, SBN, QNS). Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details.  


The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities hosted a seminar to discuss the outcomes of faculty cohort recruitment programs and other evidence-based strategies for enhancing faculty diversity. Recordings will be posted here. The webinar will be followed by a 2-day event in February 2022.

Check out APA’s newly released Inclusive Language Guidelines.


For those who are registered for the NAN virtual conference, check out the Diversity and Social Justice Paper Session (under Research + Resources), which includes a presentation by Dr. Kendra Anderson and Dr. Michelle Miranda based on this book chapter, which highlights the role of neuropsychologists as social change agents:

Diaz-Santos, M., Anderson, K., Miranda, M., Wong, C., Yanez, J., & Irani, F (in press). Stepping into action: The role of neuropsychologists in social justice advocacy. In Irani, F (Ed). Cultural Diversity in Neuropsychological Assessment: Developing Understanding through Global Case Studies.  Routledge.

Navigating Neuropsychology Episode 82 (released Nov 1): Neuropsychological Norms for Spanish Speaking People in the U.S. – with Dr. Maria Marquine.


December is Universal Human Rights Month and the United Nations observes Human Rights Day on December 10th and International Human Solidarity Day on December 20th.

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) released a report highlighting ongoing COVID-19 needs of AA NH/PI communities.

Support Diverse Medical Illustrations. Read about how an illustration by medical student and illustrator Chidiebere Ibe brought attention to this issue. 


Vice President Kamala Harris Announces Call to Action to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity. See HHS release here and ASPE report here.

For those who participated in APA’s call to action to prevent medicare cuts, the Senate has approved legislation S. 610 to prevent statutory Medicare payment cuts from taking effect next year. See White House release here.