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
Linda Andrade Gonzalez
Ondina Castillo Amaya