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Session: Find Them, Nurture Them, Employ Them! Pipeline to Health Professions for People of Color - Roadmap to Better Health for All!
3250.0: Monday, November 8, 2004: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Find Them, Nurture Them, Employ Them! Pipeline to Health Professions for People of Color - Roadmap to Better Health for All!
Participation of ethnic minorities in the highest levels of health professions workforce is essential to addressing disparity in healthcare because it improves access to and the quality of care for minority patients. However, Health Profession Schools (HPF) face a dilemma in their quest to substantially increase the number of persons from ethnic groups underrepresented in the health professions that matriculate and graduate with MD, MPH, Nursing, and Allied Health Degrees. Research has shown that the dearth of participation can be attributed to a number of factors that include: 1) limited appeal; 2) low visibility of disciplines; 3) economically disadvantaged status; 4) limited knowledge of K-12 counselors; 5) gaps in the quality of math science and verbal reasoning; and 6), inability to confront barriers (such as low cumulative GPA’s, low standardized test scores and poor writing skills). To address this dilemma, foundations, associations, and community-based organizations, in collaboration with K – 12 schools and HPS’s, have developed promising strategies. One strategy involves working with African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos and Native American children at the early stages of their educational development. This involves developing and tracking K-12 and community college students along the health professions pipeline, and engaging them in efforts that include mentoring, provision of paid internships and strengthening of applications pool. In this presentation, we will present practice-based and evaluated projects that are contributing to the success of the health professions pipeline and suggest avenues to use to find and nurture students from underrepresented ethnic groups and provide them with employment.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant (learner)will be able to: Describe the benefits and importance of recruitment, training and employment of people of color in the health professions; Describe the main components of the Health Professions Pipeline; Articulate the most important solutions to improving representation of minorities in the health professions.
Presider(s):Shaffdeen Amuwo, PhD,, MPH
Moderator(s):Jamila Rashid, PhD, MPH
2:30 PMAre there enough Black American graduates from US Schools of Public Health doctoral programs to help eliminate racial/ethnic health disparities?
Carl V. Hill, MPH, Derek M. Griffith, PhD
2:50 PMPipeline to health professions: Successes, challenges, and plans  [ Recorded presentation ]
Shaffdeen A. Amuwo, Adedeji Sikiru Adefuye, MBBS, MPH, Selena E. Smith, BA,(MPA)
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Black Caucus of Health Workers
Endorsed by:Chiropractic Health Care; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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