From Anti-racism to Z-codes, following the JEDI path to health equity.

Following on from a workshop titled “JEDI Journey: This is the Way,” our diverse panel discusses the importance of processes such as integrating the social determinants of health (SDOH) into information systems via Z codes to advance Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) & anti-racism. The group also explores achieving workforce diversity in general and orthopedic surgery specifically, which is the least diverse specialty of all. With current trends it will take 217 years to reach parity in terms of race and gender representation, and the group shares strategies for accelerating the pace. We hear how part of the challenge is getting diverse students into schools, but once this is achieved the environment must be set up for success. Otherwise, tokenism can lead to isolation and burnout. With pointers towards actionable steps and resources, this episode takes DEI up a notch, acknowledging this is both hard work and heart work. With episode host Charla Johnson, DNP, and guests Tonya Jagneaux, MD, Holly Pilson, MD, and Daytheon Sturges, PhD.