EDAC - Objectives & Strategies

As an advisory committee to the NATA Board of Directors, EDAC will:
  1. Advocate for research related to issues that impact the health of physically active ethnically diverse individuals (i.e., sickle cell anemia, lactose intolerance, substance abuse, mental health issues, etc.).
  2. Advocate for research relating to professional growth and development of ethnically diverse students and members of the profession.
  3. Identify and address issues relating to cultural competence in health care delivery.
  4. Identify issues related to the health care of the physically active ethnically diverse individuals.
  5. Identify issues related to professional development, recruitment, and retention of ethnically diverse individuals within the profession.
  6. Maintain open lines of communication with the Board of Directors regarding the above activities and make recommendations on how to address issues related to the advancement of ethnic diversity within the profession.

In an effort to meet these objectives, the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Board of Directors of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and its strategic partners, will:

  1. Obtain data regarding the demographics of ethnically diverse students enrolled in professional education programs.
  2. Obtain data regarding the performance of ethnically diverse candidates on the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.
  3. Advocate for the recruitment and retention of athletic training students through the development of research, research and diversity grants, and educational scholarships that support ethnically diverse members, members performing research on issues related to educational issues that impact ethnically diverse athletic training students, and candidates for the BOC examination.
  4. Advocate for the recruitment and retention of ethnically diverse athletic trainers through the development of research, research and diversity grants, and programs that support ethnically diverse members, members performing research on issues related to issues that impact physically active ethnically diverse individuals, and ethnically diverse members.
  5. Identify, develop, mentor, and support ethnically diverse leaders emerging within the profession.

The Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee members are selected to represent each district within the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and are appointed to the Committee by the District Director and the Chair of EDAC.   It is recommended that the following guidelines be met when appointing members to the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee:

  • Appointees to the committee should be ethnically diverse
  • Appointees must be able to attend and participate in all committee meetings, including NATA Committee Meeting Day during the NATA Convention, Joint Committee Meetings, and other meetings held throughout the year.
  • Appointees must be willing and able to advise the NATA Board of Directors on issues related to ethnic diversity and communicate regularly with their District Director and Membership.
  • Appointees must be willing and able to coordinate, participate, and support activities in support of ethnic diversity within their District, as approved by their District Director.
  • Appointees must be willing and able to commit to their assigned term of service.

Committee Background

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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