Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access

Inclusion, diversity, equity and access is core to eliminating inequities in pain, substance misuse and mental health. 

At the Comprehensive Center for Pain and Addiction,  we advance health equity through:

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Recruitment & Retention Practices: Our recruitment and retention initiatives center those most impacted by pain, substance misuse and mental health and from Latiné, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, under-resourced and rural communities.

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Intersectional Approaches: We use an intersectional approach in our center allowing us to nuance our work and intervention strategies to address the inequities that impact those who are multiply marginalized.

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Survey & Assessment Tools: Internal and external surveys, focus groups and other qualitative and quantitative data and assessment guide our work in becoming a truly inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible center.

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Engagement & Education Initiatives: Engaging and educating our community partners, collaborators, policy makers and employees in the work of inclusivity, diversity, equity and access helps us to further our goals to advance health equity state-wide and nationally.

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Comprehensive Center for Pain and Addiction is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination. In support of this commitment, the Center prohibits discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, based on a protected classification, including race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or genetic information. 

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We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.

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