The Transformative Power of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Social Justice in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice: Discussion Paper

Kelly Lackie, Hossein Khalili, John Gilbert, Susan Bookey-Bassett, Suzanne Cutler, Kala Dixon, Moni Fricke, Christopher Greene, Robin Harvan, Jennifer Jessen, Sylvia Langlois, Laura Macdonald, Barbara Maxwell, Charlotte McCarten, Ghaidaa Najjar, Vikki Park, Aline Saad, Kaisa Syvaoja, Carl Schneider

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In the vast expanse of healthcare education and practice, where disciplines converge and practitioners collaborate, we find ourselves at a critical juncture. The compass guiding our journey displays the inscription: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Social Justice. These five cardinal points illuminate our path, urging us to explore uncharted territories, challenge long-held assumptions, and redefine the contours of compassionate person-centered care.

This Discussion Paper is not a mere academic exercise; it is a call to action. As we assemble at this intersection of knowledge and practice, we recognize that inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and social justice are not abstract concepts—they are the warp and woof of our personal and professional fabric. They shape our interactions, influence our decisions, and ripple through the lives of those we serve.

Our Shared Journey

As we embark on this intellectual journey, let us engage with courage, curiosity, and compassion. Let us question assumptions, listen intently, and honor the dignity of every learner. Let us recognize that inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and social justice are not mere signposts—they are the constellations guiding us toward a more just, inclusive, and resilient healthcare ecosystem.

May this discussion paper ignite conversations, spark collaborations, and inspire transformative action. Within these pages, we hold the compass that charts our course—a course where every learner finds their place, every practitioner advocates for equity, and every patient receives care that transcends boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGroningen, Netherlands
Number of pages109
ISBN (Electronic)9781736696347
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2024

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