Category Archives: Health Workforce Diversity

The Quality and Economic Imperatives

Given the historic discrimination against African Americans, American Indians and other racial and ethnic minorities and their exclusion from the health professions in this country, it remains a national challenge to diversify the racial and ethnic background of students entering the health professions. While almost all of the business world recognizes the value and benefits of workforce diversity, there is still strong resistance within admissions committees and faculties of health professions educational institutions to changing traditional admissions criteria (grades and standardized test scores) to account for the qualities of the “whole person” that would make a student a successful health professional.

As our nation’s health care systems undergo continued reform, there is also growing maldistribution of health professionals, both geographically as well as type of practice and specialization. There are chronic and increasing shortages of health professionals for rural and urban underserved areas, especially in primary care. These shortages will only be exacerbated by the increased demand for health care services as the previously millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans obtain health care coverage under national health care reform and begin to seek their own regular providers of health care.

Finally, as models of health care delivery move toward more patient-centered and team-based approaches such as medical homes, physicians and other clinicians will need to be more than knowledgeable, technically proficient providers of procedures, medications and medical devices. The abilities to manage and supervise teams, to conduct motivational interviewing, to engage in care management and support behavior change, and to effectively communicate with and coordinate care with other providers, patients, families and caregivers will become more and more important skills. Having more diverse providers reflective of the patient populations served who can build rapport and trust with patients will be essential.

UCSF: The Accountable Care Act and the Health Workforce in California

The University of California, San Francisco Center for the Health Professions has issued a comprehensive report on the readiness of the health workforce in California for the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The report was … Continue reading

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Grantmakers in Health: Ensuring Health Workforce Diversity Strategy Session

This report from Grantmakers in Health summarizes a strategy session held in June 2011 to examine funder strategies to support health workforce diversity, especially in the context of the implementation of national health care reform.  I was honored to be … Continue reading

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Grantmakers in Health Issue Focus: Improving Diversity in the Health Professions

This Issue Focus from Grantmakers in Health describes strategies that funders have used to support the improved diversity of the health professions. The issue brief notes that a significant body of research demonstrates benefits on multiple levels from having a … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Plan for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Health

This  plan contains the measurable objectives that the Department of Health and Human Services will pursue to raise the visibility of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) health issues, health care, and human services disparities. This plan is … Continue reading

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White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Winning the Future

The White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders has issued a summary of federal department and agency plans to achieve the Initiative’s goal, “to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through … Continue reading

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RWJF – Health Affairs Policy Brief: Achieving Equity in Health

This policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Health Affairs highlights how disparities in health and health care continue to persist and examines interventions to achieve equity in health, including expanding access to health insurance coverage; diversifying the … Continue reading

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HHS Action Plan for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities & National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released an Action Plan for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, along with a companion National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity.  The HHS Action Plan is primarily an internal HHS … Continue reading

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HHS Report on Minority Health Activities FY 2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued its first annual Report on Minority Health Activities, for the federal Fiscal Year 2010.  This is the first of biennial reports required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care … Continue reading

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California Pan-Ethnic Health Network: Opportunities to Advance Diversity in our Workforce through the New Health Law

This bulletin from the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network describes the sections of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) which support development of the health care workforce, and highlights the opportunities … Continue reading

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Resources to Advance Patient-Centeredness and Health Equity

I have compiled key publications and resources on some current topics in health care policy.  Below are descriptions of the key topic areas, which also can be accessed using the menu on the right side of this page. Health Care … Continue reading

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