Eliminating disparities in health care will require input from all stakeholders: health care providers, educators, community and faith leaders, policy-makers, scientists, funding agencies, corporate leaders, and everyday people. The social determinants that are at the foundation of these existing disparities necessitate system change. An amalgam of economic resources, environmental facilitation, scientific evidence, human compassion, and a healthy dose of inspiration are all essential components.
The African proverb states that it takes a village to raise a child. With regard to health disparities, it will also require ‘all hands on deck.’ But how do we get potentially divergent entities to come together? How can we avoid procrastination—looking to our left and our right, waiting for someone else to take the lead?
According to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Let’s allow the leader in ourselves to be awakened. Our nation’s health depends on it.