The COVID-19 pandemic revealed major flaws in the public health system of the United States and exposed profound health care disparities fueled by health inequities. Since 2020, there have been considerable attention and resources directed at diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Every institution, organization, and department has created committees and leadership positions to improve DEI, although these offices and positions have been under attack ( While there has been considerable attention given to diversity and even inclusivity, equity has been missing.

I know there will be some anesthesiologists reading this article thinking, “Why should I be concerned about advancing health equity? Isn't this a problem for primary care physicians and policymakers?” The moral and ethical obligations of addressing inequities are obvious and are consistent with the values and mission of most organizations. Moreover, quality and patient safety are at the core of our specialty.

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