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.

Side-by-Side Analysis of Equity Provisions in Final Senate and House Health Care Reform Bills

This is my side-by-side analysis of the provisions in the final Senate and House health reform bills related to equity, health disparities, demographic data, language access, cultural competency, health workforce diversity and community health. 

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Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies: Advancing Health Equity for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Patient Populations

This is a comprehensive analysis of the equity-related provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act published by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.   Link to Original Source

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Summit Health Institute for Research and Education: Health Equity Activist Guide to the PPACA

This is a useful analysis of the equity-related provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act prepared by the Summit Health Institute for Research and Education.   Link to Original Source

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California Pan-Ethnic Health Network Report: Building Quality & Equitable Health Care Systems

This report summarizes the highlights of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network June 2010 conference, “Building Quality & Equitable Health Care Systems”.  All materials from the conference (presentations, handouts, speaker biographies) are also available from the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network.   … Continue reading

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Presentation at California Pan-Ethnic Health Network Conference: Moving Health Care Towards Patient-Centeredness, Equity and Prevention

Plenary session presentation at California Pan-Ethnic Health Network “Building Quality and Equitable Health Care Systems” conference on June 8, 2010. Link to Original Source

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California Pan-Ethnic Health Network Conference: Resource Handout

Resources on patient-centeredness, equity and prevention from California Pan-Ethnic Health Network “Building Quality and Equitable Health Care Systems” conference June 7-9, 2010. Link to Original Source

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The California Endowment Conference Report: Building Culturally Competent Health Systems

This report from a 2007 conference describes how health systems throughout California are increasing their cultural competency to serve diverse patient populations and communities. Link to Original Source

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National Health Care Workforce Commission

On September 30, 2010, the General Accountability Office has announced the fifteen members appointed to the National Health Care Workforce Commission established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Institute of Medicine Report: In the Nation’s Compelling Interest

This Institute of Medicine report brief summarizes recommendations to increase the diversity of the health workforce.  The full report is available from the Institute of Medicine.  

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Sullivan Commission Report: Missing Persons – Minorities in the Health Professions

This national commission chaired by former Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan issued recommendations for increasing the diversity of the nation’s health workforce.   Link to Original Source

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