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Healing is Coming - February 2021 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 2 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 1 C hallenges still exist in providing equitable access to health care for all people. This has been evident during the pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted people of color, particularly African Americans and Latinos. Healthcare systems are key anchors of local com- munities and have the platforms to push for a more equitable society. By following these action steps, your facility can help drive the change that's needed throughout the nation. • Recognize the need. Conduct self-assessments of your own space instead of always looking out- ward at society. It's important to support national efforts and movements, but it's equally important to assess how all patients, staff and surgeons feel when they walk through your facility's doors. Are you doing all you can to make them feel welcome and recognized, regardless of their skin color? Is inequality present in your daily practices, even if it isn't overt? The challenges we've faced as a nation over the past year have made these conversations easier to have. • Empower employees. A single diversity officer should not be given the sole responsibility of carry- ing out DEI efforts for a large facility or health sys- tem. That's how it was done in the past, but the model did not move the needle far enough or fast enough. If we're going to make meaningful change happen, the effort in individual facilities has to be widespread and coordinated. Essential Elements of Healthcare Equality Building a more just system requires widespread and purposeful action. Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Paris D. Butler, MD, MPH, FACS VOICE FOR CHANGE Efforts to increase representation among providers should include open forums that promote communication and connection. Penn Medicine

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