Facilitating Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Health Workforce



  • Abstract

    Racial and ethnic diversity in the health workforce can facilitate access to healthcare for underserved populations and meet the health needs of an increasingly diverse population. In this study, we explored 1) changes in the racial and ethnic diversity of the health workforce in the United States over the last decade, and 2) evidence on the effectiveness of programs designed to promote racial and ethnic diversity in the U. S. health workforce. Findings suggest that although the health workforce overall is becoming more diverse, people of color are most often represented among the entry-level, lower-skilled health occupations. Promising practices to help facilitate diversity in the health professions were identified in the literature, namely comprehensive programs that integrated multiple interventions and strategies. While some efforts have been found to be promising in increasing the interest, application, and enrollment of racial and ethnic minorities into health profession schools, there is still a missing link in understanding persistence, graduation, and careers.


  • Authors:

    Snyder CR, Frogner BK, Skillman SM

  • Journal/Publisher:

    Journal of Allied Health

  • Edition:

    Mar 2018. Volume 47, Number 1, Spring 2018, pp. 58-69(12)

  • Link to Article

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  • Citation:

    Snyder CR, Frogner BK, Skillman SM. Facilitating Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Health Workforce. Journal of Allied Health. Mar 2018. Volume 47, Number 1, Spring 2018, pp. 58-69(12).

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