Increasing evidence documents the need for achieving a diverse pool of health care workers that reflect the populations they serve. For example, racial and ethnic minority health care providers can help health systems in efforts to reduce cultural and linguistic barriers and improve cultural competence.
- The U.S. Institute of Medicine recently (2004) documented the need for, and approaches to ensure, diversity in the health care workforce. Check out the IOM report, In the Nation's Compelling Interest.
- Why is it important to seek diversity in the health care workforce, and who benefits?
- Compare U.S. population demographics with the proportion of underrepresented minorities in some health care fields.
- Learn about the U.S. Indian Health Service programs to serve Native Americans, and IHS grants, scholarships, loans, training programs - and job openings. Find additional information through tribal government organizations such as the National Indian Health Board.