World Health Day

April 7th is the celebration of World Health Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other related organizations. The WHO tagline for the 2021 celebration is “Let’s build a fairer, healthier world for everyone”. What does this mean? This year’s focus is on the universal right to the highest standard of health, regardless of race, religion, political belief, economic or social standing.

While this year’s focus is pushed, mainly, to world leaders, what can we do as Quality professionals so support? And what can we do as a Quality organization?

One thing that comes to mind is data collection – most health data is aggregated to the largest population possible. By providing disaggregated data by race, gender, age, income, disability, and other characteristics, the data may then be able to be assessed for inequality across the many different facets of humanity. Data is at the heart of what many of us do daily, so this approach may be equally as eye opening when used outside of the healthcare space.

In nearly a month, ASQ Members, Non-Members, and (hopefully) Future Members will gather for WCQI. If we believe that diversity makes us stronger and builds healthier communities, then how can we, as ASQ leaders, look to make our events and meetings more equitable and inclusive for our members? What ways can we make it so our members can attend the event regardless of their race, gender, disability, socio-economic status, or other characteristic that makes our members unique? We would love to hear your thoughts below!

You can find out more about World Health Day here (link).

- ASQ Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce

Andrea Kozek
Awilda Knopes
Carol Wolfgang
Jessica Coulon
Linda Andrade Gonzalez
Lindsay Lapatinsky
Madhusmita Nayak
Ondina Castillo Amaya
Sheronda Jeffries
Stephanie Dernek
Therese Steiner
Zubin Clark

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Thanks for this post Lindsay Lapatinsky‍ ! Health is very important, mental heath as well. A bad mental health can have devatating consequences in our body (and provoke bad health overall). Diversity and inclusion take care of our mental health, since feeling included and beloging to an accepting community provides a safe space where people feel respected for who they are. There is no stress related with speaking your mind or conflict becoming violent, which leads to less insecurity and less anxiety... so it is good for the immune system. Yes, diversity makes us stronger! I think ASQ leaders can invite presenters that talk about issues afecting women in Quality or partner with organizations that research cause of heart disease or breast cancer in women population. A leader can also use electronic polls or online white-boards to give every member a chance to discuss health related issues.
Thank You Lindsay! Prior to the pandemic, we were not fully aware of the challenge others were facing with health services inequalities. Everyone is now paying attention to what is happening around us, how we are all managing the challenges we are facing, and we are trying to help each other by sharing information and resources. I think we should continue urge our leaders to monitor health inequalities and ensure everyone has access to quality health services. In addition, our leaders should continue to encourage other countries to work together to find solutions to common challenges.