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Researchers: Pipeline Programs, Outreach Partnerships Key To Plugging Gap of Minorities in Pharmacy, Health Professions

The advent of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a pertinent reminder of the struggles that individuals in our society have undergone to obtain freedom and opportunity. The field of healthcare has not been immune to these issues and struggles; we are still recovering from them as a society. The following articles in our […]

Collegiate Interventions

Researchers for the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy marvel at the irony of a rise in the number of college-educated racial and ethnic minorities and stagnation in their enrollment in medical schools and the schools of the health professions. They make recommendations for increasing the number of […]

Legal Challenges by Civil Rights Groups (Part 2)

Affirmative Action Backlashes However, diversity efforts encountered stiff opposition. Such policies in the health professions schools and in higher learning overall met with anti–affirmative action backlashes. A major event marking the end of the first phase of growth in minority enrollment in medical schools was the 1978 Supreme Court ruling in the court case of […]

Diversity In Pharmacy Series Sources

Below are the sources for our Diversity in Pharmacy series: Ananeh-Firempong, Owusu, Betancourt, Joseph R., Carrillo, Emilio, J. and Green, Alexander R. “Defining cultural competence: a practical framework for addressing racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care,” Public Health Representative, July and August 2003, Edition 118, Volume 4, pages 293-302. Anderson, Douglas C., Jr, PharmD, DPh, Cobb, Henry […]

Legal Challenges by Civil Rights Groups (Part 1)

According to research, the civil rights argument recognizes the nation’s legacy of racially segregated educational institutions and hospitals; it argues that measures such as affirmative action in health professions schools’ admissions policies are justifiable to redress the lack of equal opportunity. While waiting to reap the fruits of developing and maintaining a solid educational pipeline […]

Improvements in Pre-College Education, Specific Programs

Affording minority children and youth greater chances of entering the health professions by revamping the nation’s primary and secondary school systems means major changes in public policy, researchers say. Research finds that one of the greatest obstacles to greater racial and ethnic diversity in the health professions is the failure of grade-school education, especially public […]

Lack of College Representation, Challenges to Pipelines

In a September 2009 Journal of National Medical Association article titled “Pipeline Programs in the Health Professions,” researchers find that racial and ethnic minorities are not well-represented in the medical professions and affirmative action and educational pipelines are vital to enhancing diversity; promoting cultural competence and medical research; bridging academic gaps; and decreasing national health […]

Main Arguments for Diversity

Medical communities and policymakers have identified four main reasons for supporting racial and cultural diversity in health care, according to researchers Jordan J. Cohen, Barbara A. Gabriel and Charles Terrell in the September 2009 article in the Journal of the National Medical Association titled “The Case for Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce.” Cultural Competence The […]

Lack of Minority Representation In Health Care

In the article titled “Disparities in Human Resources: Addressing the Lack of Diversity in the Health Professions” by researchers Kevin Grumbach and Rosalia Mendoza of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco, African-Americans, Hispanics and American Indians/Alaskan Natives are underrepresented in the health professions, including dentistry, nursing, […]

Diversity in Healthcare: An Introduction

Intensely-focused college admission and workplace recruitment pipeline programs, deeper outreach and governmental and commercial policy interventions must be further developed or resurrected and modernized to ensure greater participation of racial minorities in the fields of pharmacy, medicine, dentistry and nursing, researchers say. In a variety of scientific studies in the past decade, experts say that […]