Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are essential tenets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of global objectives designed to address various social, economic, and environmental challenges. These concepts are not only integral to specific SDGs but also permeate the entire framework, emphasizing the need for equitable and inclusive approaches in all aspects of development.

SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and SDG 5 (Gender Equality) are directly connected to the principles of diversity and inclusion. SDG 10 aims to reduce inequality within and among countries. This involves taking measures to ensure the social, economic, and political inclusion of all, regardless of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or economic or other status. It calls for the elimination of discriminatory laws, policies, and practices, providing equal opportunities and reducing disparities, particularly for the most vulnerable and marginalized groups.

SDG 5 focuses on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. This goal underscores the need for ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere, and it involves various targets including the elimination of violence, ensuring women's full participation in leadership and decision-making, and guaranteeing equal rights to economic resources. By promoting gender equality, SDG 5 directly contributes to the broader objective of creating inclusive societies.

Furthermore, diversity and inclusion are crucial in achieving SDG 4 (Quality Education), which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This involves addressing disparities in access to education and ensuring that vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and children in vulnerable situations, receive equal opportunities for education. Inclusive education is a foundation for building more inclusive societies, as it prepares all individuals to participate fully in their communities and economies.

SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) also embodies the values of diversity and inclusion. It promotes sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. This includes advocating for equal pay for work of equal value, promoting safe and inclusive working environments, and reducing the gender pay gap. By ensuring that all individuals have access to decent work opportunities and are treated fairly in the workplace, SDG 8 plays a pivotal role in advancing inclusive economic growth.

The pursuit of diversity and inclusion is indispensable for realizing the vision of the SDGs. These principles are not confined to specific goals but are woven throughout the entire framework, reflecting the understanding that a fair, sustainable, and prosperous world can only be achieved when all individuals, regardless of their background or circumstances, have the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from development. The SDGs recognize that addressing inequalities, empowering marginalized groups, and ensuring inclusive participation are essential for sustainable development, and they call on all stakeholders, including governments, businesses, civil society, and individuals, to work towards these objectives.

This chapter advances the UN SDG Goal 3: Good Health and Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities by examining how and why social determinants differentially impact health, healthcare, and health outcomes.
This chapter advances the UN SDG goals 11, 12, and 3 by highlighting the role of indigenous peoples and local communities’ cultural customs, lores, and practices in relation to managing their land and other natural resources; they need to be appropriately understood and acknowledged for public and environmental policy decision making.
Globally, about 18 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year1 and 450 million people (equally composed of both sexes) suffer from severe mental illnesses (SMI). A significant subgroup of patients with cancer and SMI are disadvantaged in terms of screening for distress and psycho-oncological care.

Clinical Decision Support for Pharmacogenomic Precision Medicine: Foundations and Implementation, 2022, Pages 85-106

This chapter advances the UN SDG Goal 3: Good Health and Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities by bringing attention to the inequity in access to pharmacogenomic implementation efforts and how CDS can address this issues.
A Health Policy paper on the health impacts of banned pesticides in the Yaqui population in Mexico, in the context of SDGs 3, 10, and 12, highlighting recommendations for system-level solutions and policy change to current US, UN, and global laws.
The Authors explore the compounding burden of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change on Indigenous Peoples’ health, and present several case studies which outline novel Indigenous approaches and perspectives that address climate change, COVID-19 and future health threats.

Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Volume 45, June 2022

This content aligns with Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing as well as Goal 10: Reducing Inequalities by discussing how the inclusion of mental health providers with disabilities can improve the quality of patient care, and can add value to medical student and resident education.
This content aligns with Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities by exploring the ways in which LCCs make possible a new generation of air traveler that previously did not have access to aeromobility. It discusses how the expansion of low-cost carriers in a region of marked socioeconomic inequality unsettles the privileged origins of flying as a means of transport, complicates the mundane position of flying as a form of mobility, and brings to the surface questions of identity, class, and race among the flying public.

Journal of Aging Studies, Volume 61, June 2022

An investigation of the support needed for the visually impaired to be able to age successfully.
Racial and Ethnic discrimination effects on adolescent mental health.