Inside: Diversity Saves Lives and Drives Excellence in Kidney Health

O. N. Ray Bignall IIO. N. Ray Bignall II, MD, FASN, is with the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Nationwide Children's Hospital, and The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus.

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You would be hard pressed to find a more capable, resilient, and diverse team of heroes than today's kidney health care workforce. From physicians and nurses to technicians and therapists…from researchers to clinicians to administrative professionals…our field is replete with talented individuals who bring their “all” to achieve equitable, high-quality patient care for the millions of those living with kidney diseases worldwide.

This issue of Kidney News is special, because in it, we are highlighting a key ingredient to achieving equitable, high-quality care for children and adults with kidney diseases: our diversity. We acknowledge the ongoing imperative to achieve health equity for racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and beyond. We learn important care considerations for minoritized populations, such as LGBTQ+, rural, and indigenous groups, whose unique concerns are often overlooked by health care teams and society at large. We explore the challenges of delivering high-quality kidney care in low- and middle-income countries, and we even have a special, personal glimpse into the challenges of healing others while seeking healing for oneself.

As you enjoy this special series of articles, it is my hope that you will consider the implications for your own practice and that you will reflect on the power of having diverse teams—around our community and around the world—saving lives, driving for excellence, and working together: united for kidney health.