The imperative for diversity stems not only from the need to reflect the changing demographics in the U.S population, but also from a need to ensure that the best talent from all backgrounds feels at home in health services research (HSR), contributes to a vibrant community of evidence producers and users, and advances the production and use of the evidence we need to improve health and the performance of learning health systems.

A new report, “The Future of Diversity and Inclusion in Health Services and Policy Research: A Report On The AcademyHealth Workforce Diversity 2025 Roundtable,” highlights recommendations from the expert panel that encouraged AcademyHealth to provide national leadership to promote workforce diversity and inclusion in the field of HSR.

Last week, Health Affairs published a blog post by the report’s lead author, Margo Edmunds , Ph.D., AcademyHealth. The blog recaps key recommendations from the Diversity Roundtable, and presents the idea that “diversity of opinion and perspective leads to a richer and more nuanced understanding of what works to improve health, health care, and population health.”

Please visit the Health Affairs Blog to read the full post.