Health Care Workforce: Increasing Diversity to Meet Your State’s Needs

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Health Care Workforce: Increasing Diversity to Meet Your State’s Needs

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 | 2 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. CT/ Noon MT/ 11 a.m. PT

The United States has always been a nation rich in diversity—and as a nation we are getting more diverse. People of color are already a majority in 48 of the largest cities in the U.S., and five states have “minority majorities.” The percentage of people that identify themselves as belonging to an ethnic or racial minority is growing—nonwhite racial and ethnic groups will constitute a majority of the American population later in this century.  At least 90 percent of the U.S. population growth between 2010 and 2050 is expected to come from minority groups. These factors have resulted in renewed interest in health care workforce diversity.

The current health care workforce does not reflect the nation’s diversity. People of color represent more than 25 percent of the total population, but only about 10 percent of health professionals. In 2004, the Institute of Medicine recommended increasing workforce diversity within health care as a strategy to address health disparities. Despite over a decade of attention to increase the number of racial and ethnic minorities in health care careers in the last decade, progress has been slow.

This lack of minority representation in the health care workforce has resulted in some policymakers to seek methods to increase minority participation in the health workforce. This webinar outlines why policymakers may want to increase the diversity of their state’s health care workforce and highlights policy strategies available to states.

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Ned Calonge, MD, president and CEO, The Colorado Trust
Richard Larson, MD, PhD, executive vice chancellor and vice chancellor for research, UNM


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This webinar was funded  under the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities by the Office of Minority Health within the US Department of Health and Human Services. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not represent or express the position, views or policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. References to specific organizations, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement of such an entity, product or service by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

NCSL Resources

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Workforce Diversity (August 2014)

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