EDAC - Objectives & Strategies

In conjunction with the NATA objectives and strategies, the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee will:

1. Increase the body of athletic training care by serving as an advocate for the dissemination of information and research relating to health care issues and conditions that affect the health of physically active, ethnic minority individuals (i.e., sickle cell anemia, lactose intolerance, substance abuse, mental health issues, etc…).

  1. Identify and address issues relating to cultural distinctions in health care delivery.
  2. Identify and advise the Board of Directors with public positions on issues relating to the health care of the physically active ethnic minority within the association.
  3. Identify and advise the Board of Directors with public positions on issues relating to health care for the physically active ethnic minority.

In conjunction with the NATA's affiliates and subsidiaries, the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee seeks to:

  1. Obtain data regarding the status of the ethnic minority athletic training applicants and enrolled undergraduate and graduate students to approved curriculums.
  2. Obtain data regarding the performance of ethnic minorities on the NATA Board of Certification examination.
  3. Advocate the recruitment and retention of student athletic trainers by the establishment of grants and scholarships for ethnic minority student athletic trainers.
  4. Identify, develop, and mentor ethnic minority leaders.

Following the development of the goals for the EDAC, guidelines were approved for newly appointed members. These guidelines included:

•  The individual should be an ethnic minority.

•  The individual should be certified for at least five years.

•  The individual must be able to attend the national meeting and other council meetings.

•  The individual should be willing to serve the NATA on ethnic minority related issues.

•  The individual must be willing to commit to a three-year term of service.

At the 1994 NATA convention in Dallas , TX , the EMAC paid tribute to the late Bill Chisolm by establishing a service award in his name (the Bill Chisholm Professional Service Award).  This award is presented to the individual who has significantly advanced the provision of athletic health care services to ethnic minority individuals, or has made significant contribution to the professional development and advancement of ethnic minority athletic trainers.  The first recipient of this prestigious award was Philip G. Horton, the original chair of the MATC.

Beginning in 1994, a graduate assistant position was created within the EMAC.  This position was added with the goal of developing leadership skills of the selected individual and to obtain a student's perspective and voice when addressing athletic training issues.

In 1995, Rene' Revis Shingles was appointed as the new council chair.  Members of the council under Mrs. Shingles leadership were John Harvey, Marsha Grant, Veronica Ampey, Duane Brooks , and Cindi Nagai. During this time, the EMAC made several positive contributions to the field of athletic training.  In 1997, the council began the annual compilation of national demographic data concerning athletic trainers. During this time, the annual Town Hall Meeting was also created at the request of the EMAC.  The original intent of the Town Hall Meeting was to provide ethnic minority athletic trainers a forum to make presentations at the annual NATA convention.  In addition, it was also intended to make all members of the NATA aware of the special needs and concerns of ethnic minority patients, athletes, and other athletic trainers. It was decided by members of the EMAC to conduct an open meeting for all members of the NATA to attend. The town hall forum provided an excellent opportunity for those who attended to express their opinions and to provide input, feedback, and direction to the EDAC. 

The EDAC also initiated the presentation of clinical symposiums, beginning at the 1992 NATA national convention.        

In 1999, the council's name was changed to the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Council (EDAC).  The goal of revising the word “minority” to “diversity” was to encompass a larger variety of people.  However, in 2002, the NATA began funding the EDAC as a committee.  Thus, the council became known as the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC).

The Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee is dedicated to service, devoted to advocacy and committed to unity. We want to identify and address issues relevant to American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Blacks (non-Hispanic), and Hispanics both in the health care arena and in the National Athletic Trainers' Association. We advocate sensitivity and understanding towards ethnic and cultural diversity throughout the profession and the association. We strive to enhance the growth and development of the NATA, and our objectives are designed to unify the association. So, join us in our efforts to promote service, advocacy and unity.

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