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Dear Friend,

As we neared the end of 2020, I had a moment to think about what this year meant to me as Director of the Disparities Solutions Center. Despite the pandemic, 2020 was truly a year where we were able to shed the light on the impact of structural racism on racial and ethnic disparities, particularly as it relates to the mitigation efforts on COVID-19.   

More importantly, I think we are doing a better job of telling our stories about how racism impacts us on a personal level, and why it drives us to work on achieving equity in healthcare for everyone. People need to understand your motivation for doing the work, and if you have the lived experience you need to share it. Our personal stories will bring to life the data in a way that resonates and engages others.


This work requires a deep continuous commitment, but also a personal awareness, transparency and vulnerability that is not always encouraged in the workplace. I made a decision this year to publicly share my personal story as a way to bring home the message in a blog on lessons we learned about equity from COVID-19 (to read click here).


I would encourage you to do the same. I’m always deeply affected and moved when I hear the stories from colleagues about their lived experience, and it gives me true hope that we can change this landscape in the future.


I look forward to continuing to work with you towards this goal of achieving equity.


Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH