The guidance for action identified through this report is essential to navigating the world’s health, now more than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has urged us all to critically assess the ways social determinants of health influence health outcomes and how adverse social determinants exacerbate local, national and global health inequities in our work, in the health outcomes for the patients we treat and their families. More importantly, the ongoing consequences of this pandemic have called for us to see our health systems as part of the larger society in which we live, learn, work and play, and to take informed action and to do something more about the inequalities in our midst.
This report is in direct alignment with the values of the World Health Organization (WHO)—collaboration, caring for all people, integrity in practice, service to public health, and excellence throughout the health sector. The WHO’s 2020 State of the World’s Nursing report recommended continued investment in jobs, education and leadership opportunities for nurses and the support of inter-sectoral partners worldwide. We need to continue to translate these ideals into practice. The six domains for action articulated in this report begin to pave that path.