In the Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health-Care Workforce

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National Academies Press, Jun 29, 2004 - Medical - 432 pages
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The United States is rapidly transforming into one of the most racially and ethnically diverse nations in the world. Groups commonly referred to as minorities--including Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Alaska Natives--are the fastest growing segments of the population and emerging as the nation's majority. Despite the rapid growth of racial and ethnic minority groups, their representation among the nationā€™s health professionals has grown only modestly in the past 25 years. This alarming disparity has prompted the recent creation of initiatives to increase diversity in health professions.

In the Nation's Compelling Interest considers the benefits of greater racial and ethnic diversity, and identifies institutional and policy-level mechanisms to garner broad support among health professions leaders, community members, and other key stakeholders to implement these strategies. Assessing the potential benefits of greater racial and ethnic diversity among health professionals will improve the access to and quality of healthcare for all Americans.

 

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Contents

Executive Summary
1
1 Introduction
23
2 Reconceptualizing Admissions Policies and Practices
55
3 Costs and Financing of Health Professions Education
88
4 Accreditation and Diversity in Health Professions
127
5 Transforming the Institutional Climate to Enhance Diversity in Health Professions
143
6 Community Benefit as a Tool for Institutional Reform
178
7 Mechanisms to Garner Support for Institutional and PolicyLevel Diversity Initiatives
203
B Committee and Staff Biographies
220
Commissioned Papers
231
Increasing Diversity in the Health Professions A Look at Best Practices in AdmissionsGabriel Garcia Cathryn L Nation and Neil H Parker
233
The Role of Public Financing in Improving Diversity in the Health ProfessionsKaren Matherlee
273
The Role of Accreditation in Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Health ProfessionsNorma E Wagoner PhD Leon Johnson DEd MBA and H...
317
Diversity Considerations in Health Professions EducationJeffrey F Milem Eric L Dey and Casey B White
345
Index
391
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