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Diversity and Inclusion in the Health Professions

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On minorities in the health professions

"The Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Health care Workforce finds that African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and certain segments of the nation's Asian/Pacific Islander population are not present in significant numbers. Rather, they are missing! While some outstanding physicians, dentists, and nurses are minorities, access to a health professions career remains largely separate and unequal

We call upon leaders in the public and private sectors in our country, including key stakeholders in the health and education systems, to act on these recommendations and to solve this crisis by utilizing the strategy of inclusion in crafting solutions. It is time to correct the imbalance in our health professions. If we fail to do so, we risk catastrophe in view of the rapid demographic changes occurring in our society. We must work hard and we must dream again!"


— Louis Sullivan, MD
Chair, Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce
September 2004

More information

Want to read more about diversity in the health professions? Check out this article originally published in The Advisor. Click here to view the article or here to download as a PDF.

Go here to learn about the NAAHP and our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, as well as a list of associations that are making efforts to support students of diversity. This page will tell you more about how diversity is being addressed within individual health professions.

ExploreHealthCareers.org (EHC) is a free, multidisciplinary health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers. EHC gives students a reliable, comprehensive source of accurate and up-to-date information for nearly 120 health professions including career overviews, academic requirements, and links to national associations.

You can also check out the Tour for Diversity that has a swing through the Northeast states coming up in September. To learn more about their mission and events, visit their website.

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