The Pennsylvania Action Coalition recently published, “Diversity Impacts of COVID-19” in the journal Nursing Clinics of North America about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and demand for social change.
This article describes how COVID-19 health disparities relate to the social determinants of health. In order to advance health equity, the article underscores the importance of a diverse nursing workforce prepared to advance an antiracist framework and social justice. The article reviews recommendations from the National Academy of Medicine’s Future of Nursing reports and highlights practical strategies to promote diversity and social justice, including mentoring nurses from underrepresented backgrounds, amplifying diverse nursing voices, and leveraging the power of coalitions. In highlighting the interwoven impacts of COVID-19 and demand for social change throughout 2020-2022, the article strives to move beyond the acute COVID-19 crisis to sustained social justice in healthcare.Read the article here