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Inclusion is the deliberate practice of ensuring that each individual is heard, all personal traits are respected, and all can make meaningful contributions to achieve their full potential. As coronavirus disease 2019 spreads globally and across the United States, we have viewed this pandemic through the lens of equity and inclusion. Here, we discuss how this pandemic has magnified preexisting health and social disparities and will summarize why inclusion is an essential tool to traverse this uncertain terrain and discuss strategies that can be implemented at organizational and individual levels to improve inclusion and address inequities moving forward.

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Journal article



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537 - 542


Betacoronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus Infections, Delivery of Health Care, Ethnic Groups, Health Workforce, Humans, Leadership, Nervous System Diseases, Neurology, Organizational Culture, Pandemics, Pneumonia, Viral, Poverty, Racism, SARS-CoV-2, Sexual and Gender Minorities, Societies, Medical, Socioeconomic Factors, United States, Vulnerable Populations