SPN defines diversity, equity, and inclusion as the following:

Diversity: The ways in which people differ, such as race/ethnicity, religion, color, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, geographic/national origin, ability, age, education, ideas/perspectives, values, among others.

Equity: Recognizing the differences in resources and/or knowledge that allow individuals to fully participate in society and attain their full potential. To have equitable systems, all people should receive what they need and be treated fairly, unhampered by artificial barriers, stereotypes or prejudices.

Inclusion: Authentically engaging and valuing all individuals, especially traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups, into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power.

SPN believes that it is the responsibility of every pediatric nurse to understand how health disparities influence the provision of person-centered care. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force has collated resources to guide your understanding and advocating for children. Resources related to several different topic areas related to health disparities including research, leadership, practice, education, and policy are available for you below. If you would like the task force to consider additional resources for the website, please email [email protected].


Health Equity and Research: Ending Structural Racism
National Institutes of Health focus on ending structural racism. This site provides numerous resources focusing on health equity and research.


CDC's Developing Inclusive Communication
This site provides resources on using a health equity lens, key principles, preferred terms, and developing inclusive communications.


CDC's Health Equity Guiding Principles: Inclusive Communication Principles
This site describes principles in creating community guidance and public health communications (images, words, phrases).

ANA National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing
This site has resources for what the nurse can do at an individual level.

AAP Bright Futures: Health Equity Resources for Healthcare Professionals
This site has resources to discuss the impact that things such as racism, bias, and discrimination can have on the health and well-being of patients.


National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University
National Center for Cultural Competence focuses on racial justice, diversity, equity, and cultural and linguistic competent services for health and healthcare. This site provides a variety of free resources and assessments, applicable to the care of children and families.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing: Cultural Competency in Nursing Education
Provides a toolkit and other resources for nurses.


National Institutes of Health: Office Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
This site provides resources on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) regarding civil rights and diversity policy development.

JPN Article

The DEI Task Force's article “Stop, look, and listen: SPN’s diversity, equity, and inclusion progress report” published in the November-December 2021, Volume 61 of the Journal of Pediatric nursing. Members can view the article using the button below.

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