Leading with inclusion during the COVID-19 pandemic: Stronger together.
Warrior L., Kim CY., Burdick DJ., Ackerman DJ., Bartolini L., Cagniart KR., Dangayach NS., Dawson ET., Orjuela KD., Gordon Perue GL., Cutsforth-Gregory JK., Bahouth MN., McClean JC., DeLuca GC.
Inclusion is the deliberate practice of ensuring that each individual is heard, all personal traits are respected, and all can make meaningful contributions to achieve their full potential. As coronavirus disease 2019 spreads globally and across the United States, we have viewed this pandemic through the lens of equity and inclusion. Here, we discuss how this pandemic has magnified preexisting health and social disparities and will summarize why inclusion is an essential tool to traverse this uncertain terrain and discuss strategies that can be implemented at organizational and individual levels to improve inclusion and address inequities moving forward.