Despite progress, heart disease remains the #1 cause of death in America. Not only does heart disease have a disproportionate impact on different populations, it also has a direct bearing on the severity of COVID-19 infection. Dr. Sharonne Hayes is both a cardiologist and the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Mayo Clinic. Here she discusses the importance of understanding cardiovascular disease in the context of health equity. Dr. Hayes also discusses new initiatives at Mayo Clinic to understand and address structural racism in healthcare, and to promote diversity within their workforce. Hosted by Dr. Michelle Leak.