“It was a really good presentation,” says Selina Allu, a Can-SOLVE CKD staff member who will be helping to form an EDI working group within the network. “One thing that stood out in my mind from the presentation is when Dr. Ahmed said, ‘To measure is to know’ – we need to be able to track what we’re doing as a network.”
An audit of EDI practices within Can-SOLVE CKD will be led by Keila Turino Miranda, a sex and gender champion who focuses on transgender health barriers. She is currently at the University of Calgary completing her Master’s thesis on the validation of glomerular filtration rate estimation equations in transgender individuals on gender-affirming hormone therapy.
Her audit will take a snapshot of current EDI principles and practices within Can-SOLVE CKD, identify gaps, and inform the development a practical “how to” tool to meet the network’s Phase 2 EDI goals.
In parallel, Allu will be convening an EDI working group of diverse members to help advance relevant initiatives within the network. Allu says the working group will broaden its scope to include “Accessibility,” reframing EDI as IDEA.
Allu says the working group, using results from the EDI audit, will work throughout the spring and summer to develop a more realized EDI/IDEA plan by fall 2023. But she emphasizes that EDI is everyone’s responsibility. “Staff, patient partners, researchers – we are all tasked with being responsible for embodying EDI principles,” she says.