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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.


Fact Sheet. Boston: Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston.

HealthDisparitiesStateSpotlights.pdf (606 kB)
State-by-State Spotlights on Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island & Vermont



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