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New Lab Matters: Leveraging the power of privilege in public health

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Privilege is multifaceted and shaped by a myriad of factors. Knowing that privilege underlies many of the inequities that reside within the public health system, it is critical to ask what roles public health laboratories and their laboratorians might play in addressing some of these inequities in not only their workspaces, but also in the communities they serve. In this issue’s feature article, we discuss some of the ongoing efforts – in the classroom, in the workspace and as individuals – about how to identify and acknowledge the sources and effects of privilege, and how laboratorians can start to harness that privilege to drive positive change.

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