The path to health equity includes an examination of structural racism and bias; as part of this work, researchers must consider the intersectionality of disability, race and income when planning and implementing research.
Research enterprise should maximize benefits and decrease harm against marginalized communities by rethinking how language and engagement and research frameworks are approached.
Researchers should be trained on the benefits and best practices for engaging in team science with leaders across diverse fields. Researchers should reflect the communities they represent in every dimension, including underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities.
Researchers must take the time to establish relationships, truly listen and have honest engagements to fully engage communities in the research process and ensure research is centered more on the lived experiences of communities.
Ethnic, racial, gender, class, and ability identities have implications for health during specific developmental periods and across the lifespan.
Researchers must engage with communities to inform policy, treatment, and prevention programs because only those within the community can provide valuable insight of their lived experiences.
To ensure health disparities research fully captures intersectionality, new assessment tools are needed that are specific to developmental periods and various social identities and that encompass diverse ethnic-racial groups. Qualitative and quantitative research methods are both valid means to capture high quality data.
Comprehensive conceptualizations of racism that include intersectionality, the use of targeted non-euphemistic terminology, multigenerational models, cultural sensitivity, and interventional studies must be developed to combat health disparities.
Significant changes need to take place at an institutional level to advance health disparities research and methods development, including addressing procedures in the grant review and funding processes that systematically limit minoritized researchers' access to grant funding and leadership roles.
Change only occurs when we first recognize the problems. Diversity, equity, and inclusion can and should include 'many' even all. Yet grant applicants really have are quite limited in the resource they can build into an application to improve diversity representation in their sample. We must encourage applicants to build in specific ideas and resources to address diversity