Health Workforce Diversity
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Efforts to address health disparities have driven the call to increasing diversity of the health care workforce. At a 2012 New York Academy of Sciences conference, speaker Marc Nivet from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) highlighted the benefits of a diverse workforce including increasing health care access, improving cultural competent care, and expanding the areas of medical research. Each of these outcomes is believed to have a direct, positive impact on reducing health disparities. In order to achieve a more diverse workforce, education institutions have been encouraged to increase their recruitment of students that are underrepresented in medicine. The AAMC defines underrepresented in medicine as "those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population." This broad definition encompasses more than just particular minority population groups and serves as a continually evolving categorization of individuals that are underrepresented. A commentary article in the December 2011 edition of Academic Medicine states: "Diversity work must be seen as more than just solving the problem of inadequate representation and alleviating the barriers facing disadvantaged and marginalized populations. Promoting diversity must be tightly coupled with developing a culture of inclusion, one that fully appreciates the differences of perspective."
Page last updated February 20, 2013