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In the nation's compelling interest [electronic resource] : ensuring diversity in the health-care workforce /
Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Health Care Workforce, Board on Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine ; Brian D. Smedley, Adrienne Stith Butler, Lonnie R. Bristow, editors.
imprint
Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2004.
description
xviii, 409 p. : ill.
ISBN
030909125X (hardcover), 9780309091251 (hardcover)
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Book
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-02-01:
This book's title conveys urgency. A critical analysis done by the Institute of Medicine, this work provides information on institutional and policy level strategies to enhance ethnic and racial diversity in the health care workforce. The report itself results from data assessment, a literature review, review of commissioned papers (after deliberations), and public workshops related to targeted health professions, including psychology, nursing, medicine, and dentistry. Commissioned papers by other experts focus on benefits of diversity, admissions policies, accreditation standards, financing and institutional climates, and identified barriers to diversity. The findings and specific recommendations, and the messages from the commissioned papers' authors, are persuasive and compelling. They include relevant Supreme Court decisions. The US will continue to be one of the world's most ethnically and racially diverse nations. With a variety of data and justifications to support the benefits of diversity, what is needed to ensure a qualified, diverse, health care workforce are leadership, institutional commitments, and public support for community benefits. The clock is ticking: considerable effort must be expended rather quickly to change mind-sets and provide resources for this major national project to be effectively carried out. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above. J. N. Muzio emeritus, CUNY Kingsborough Community College
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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 nation'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.
Main Description
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 nation'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. "Healthcare'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 who implement these strategies. Assessing the potential benefits of greater racial and ethnic diversityamong health professionals will improve the access to and quality of healthcare for all Americans.
Table of Contents
Executive Summaryp. 1
Introductionp. 23
Reconceptualizing Admissions Policies and Practicesp. 55
Costs and Financing of Health Professions Educationp. 88
Accreditation and Diversity in Health Professionsp. 127
Transforming the Institutional Climate to Enhance Diversity In Health Professionsp. 143
Community Benefit as a Tool for Institutional Reformp. 178
Mechanisms to Garner Support for Institutional and Policy-level Diversity Initiativesp. 203
Appendixes
Data Sources and Methodsp. 213
Committee and Staff Biographiesp. 220
Commissioned Papers
Increasing Diversity in the Health Professions: A Look at Best Practices in Admissionsp. 233
The Role of Public Financing in Improving Diversity in the Health Professionsp. 273
The Role of Accreditation in Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Health Professionsp. 317
Diversity Considerations in Health Professions Educationp. 345
Indexp. 391
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