Don’t ignore the tipping point: A framework to fuel diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in health-care sciences
Catherine R Hoyt1, Adam Cisroe Pearson2, Jordan Skowronski3, Stephanie Lancaster4, Cristina Reyes Smith5, Andy G. S. Daniel6
1 Program in Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA; Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA; Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA
2 Program in Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA; Peter and Paul Community Services, St. Louis, MO, USA
3 School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
4 Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, USA
5 Division of Occupational Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
6 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA
Dr. Catherine R Hoyt
Washington University School of Medicine, 4444 Forest Park Blvd, CB8505, St. Louis, MO.
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
In the United States, social determinants of health have resulted in inequities in health care, particularly for communities affected by systemic forms of racism and oppression. Health-care professionals are essential in assisting participation in the health-care system. Building a more diverse health-care workforce can expand access to care, improve the quality of care, and increase health equity. However, many health-care professions have struggled to effectively recruit and retain individuals from diverse backgrounds. In the field of occupational therapy, leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion worked together to establish a framework with nationwide initiatives to effectively recruit and retain a workforce that is more representative of the communities, in which health-care professionals serve. The initiatives and framework outlined below can be replicated to advance efforts to increase diversity and create systems that address justice, equity, and inclusion.