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Dismantling the myth "Adequate numbers of API health leaders"

Marguerite Ro, DrPH, SDOS - Div of Community Health, Columbia University, 154 Haven Avenue, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10032, 212-304-7185, mr965@columbia.edu and Gilbert C. Gee, PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 1420 Washington Heights, Rm M5224, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

The Institute of Medicine's (IOM) recent report on the diversity of the healthcare workforce stated that APIs represent 19.8% of medical school graduates, but that some API communities may still be underrepresented (e.g. Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders). The implication is that overrepresented APIs can be excluded from diversity-focused scholarships and training programs.

However, the IOM report lacked insight on public health leadership. We posit that despite the high proportion of medical providers, there is still a deficit of recognized and influential API health leaders at national and state levels.

Our presentation reviews nearly 200 training programs and scholarships published in the "2003 Directory of Health Policy, Leadership, and Minority Health Training Programs" published by the Commonwealth Fund. We supplement our analysis with a review of recent reports on diversity in the healthcare workforce and provide contemporary examples of specific training/scholarship programs targeted at ethnic minorities. We discuss the implications of these data for disparities in health care training opportunities for APIs.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the end of this session, the participant will be able to

    Keywords: Workforce, Asian Americans

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:
    I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

    Contemporary Health Policy Challenges among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

    The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA