By Brian D. Smedley, Lonnie R. Bristow (Editor), Adrienne Stith Butler (Editor) Adrienne Stith Butler

The us is speedily starting to be the most racially and ethnically assorted international locations on the planet. teams usually often called minorities - together with Asian american citizens, Pacific Islanders, African americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Alaska Natives - are the quickest growing to be segments of the inhabitants and rising because the nation's majority. regardless of the swift development of racial and ethnic minority teams, their illustration one of the nation's well-being pros has grown in basic terms modestly long ago 25 years. This alarming disparity has triggered the new production of projects to extend variety in future health professions. "In the Nation's Compelling curiosity" considers the advantages of better racial and ethnic range, and identifies institutional and policy-level mechanisms to garner large aid between wellbeing and fitness professions leaders, group participants, and different key stakeholders to enforce those recommendations. Assessing the capability merits of higher racial and ethnic range between healthiness pros will enhance the entry to and caliber of healthcare for all americans.

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Repeated deficiencies should result in accreditation-related sanctions. Transforming the Institutional Climate to Enhance Diversity The institutional climate for diversity—defined as the perceptions, attitudes, and values that define the institution, particularly as seen from the perspectives of individuals of different racial or ethnic backgrounds—can exert a profound influence on diversity efforts. , structural diversity). , 1999). Each of these elements of diversity must be carefully considered as institutions assess their diversity goals.

WHY EXAMINE INSTITUTIONAL AND POLICY-LEVEL STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING DIVERSITY IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS? Historically, the efforts of HPEIs and professional associations to increase the presence of URM students in health professions careers have focused on enhancing students’ preparation to pursue these careers. Appro- INTRODUCTION 27 priately, many of these efforts have focused on improving URM students’ math and science education, particularly at the primary and secondary school levels, “bridging” K-12 training with undergraduate pre-health curricula and graduate training, and other academic and social supports.

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