Diversity provides color to the tapestry of human experience

Some reflections on diversity in all its aspects in the healthcare centre from Yale Cancer Centre’s Assistant Director responsible for Diversity/Disparities (interesting juxtaposition of the two). Some quotes:

Our patients have different degrees of health literacy, and access to quality oncology services is not uniform amongst all populations. As we think about our global village (both at home and abroad), it becomes abundantly clear that while the world is shrinking with modern technology, disparities remain that separate the “haves” from the “have nots.” …

The delivery of patient-centric care is predicated on an understanding and appreciation of the kaleidoscope of factors that make us different, and an ability to tailor therapy accordingly. This requires a broad view and an imperative to work in a participatory fashion with our patients and communities to understand the issues that are of importance to them. We need to reflect on our internal biases and rise above these to provide compassion and care to patients of varying backgrounds…

Diversity is important—it’s what makes us all different, and provides color to the tapestry of human experience. But as we embrace diversity, we must be cognizant of disparities, and we must actively engage in breaking down barriers both within our borders and outside if we are ever to achieve health equity for all.

Diversity provides color to the tapestry of human experience.

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