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February 02, 2006

Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce

Two years ago this week, the Institute of Medicine released its highly regarded report on diversity in the healthcare workforce.

In the Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce
Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Healthcare Workforce
http://darwin.nap.edu/books/030909125X/html
Dentistry Library: R 745 .I51 2004

The IOM report was a good beginning, but much has happened since then. Here are some examples of more recent work that has followed.

Kaiser Family Foundation: Minority Health: http://www.kff.org/minorityhealth/index.cfm

Includes reports on changes in drug benefits and their impact on special populations, a report on Hurricane Katrina refugees, and much more.

The Commonwealth Fund: Underserved Populations: Latest Publications:
http://www.cmwf.org/topics/topics.htm?attrib_id=12024

Includes reports on how to collect racial and ethnic data, and cultural competence in health care education, as well as reports on Medicaid reform.

Additional useful resources on healthcare workforce diversity initiatives and good practices:

Sullivan Commission: http://admissions.duhs.duke.edu/sullivancommission/index.cfm

National Business Group on Health: Health Disparities Initiative:
http://www.wbgh.org/prevention/disparities.cfm

National Center for Cultural Competence
http://gucchd.georgetown.edu//nccc/

Posted by pfa at February 2, 2006 06:34 PM

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