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January 20, 2022

An awakening to systemic anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and harmful colonial structures in the context of a pandemic has made health inequities and injustices impossible to ignore and is driving healthcare organizations to establish and strengthen approaches to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA). Health research and care organizations, which are shaping the future of healthcare, have a responsibility to make IDEA central to their missions. Many organizations are taking concrete action critically important to embedding IDEA principles, but durable change will not be achieved until IDEA becomes a core leadership competency. 

Drawing from the literature and consultation with individuals recognized for excellence in IDEA-informed leadership, “Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility: From organizational responsibility to leadership competency” will help Canadian healthcare and health research leaders—particularly those without lived experience—understand what it means to embed IDEA within traditional leadership competencies and propose opportunities to achieve durable change by rethinking governance, mentorship and performance management through an IDEA lens. 

Shift Health’s Dr. Anne Mullin and Dr. Ryan Wiley are grateful to co-authors Dr. Imogen Coe, Dr. Everton Gooden and Dr. Modupe Tunde-Byass for bringing their leadership, insightful perspective and lived experience to this work.  

Gain more insight into IDEA as leadership competency by reading the full article in Healthcare Management Forum HERE.