Research on health disparities affecting people of color typically focuses on their health status, health treatment and health outcomes with a particular emphasis on the relatively high rates of morbidity and mortality from selected diseases for ethnic and racial minority groups. This fact sheet offers a different but related focus on gender and race/ethnicity in the health care workforce. Our rationale is that the Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce concluded that the lack of minority doctors, nurses and dentists is a significant cause of racial/ethnic health disparities and that the ability to recruit, train and retain minority health care professionals is critical in any effort to reduce health disparities in the future.
Hardy-Fanta, Carol; Kates, Erika; Levine, Helen; and Peery-Wolf, Kate, "Minority Women in the Healthcare Workforce in New England" (2006). Publications from the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. 5.
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