Online Program

Closing the hispanic health workforce gap: Training over 300 fellows through the hispanic-serving health professions schools graduate fellowship training program

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Michelle Quinteros, MS, Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS), Washington, DC
Suzanne Randolph, PhD, Center for Community Prevention and Treatment Research, The MayaTech Corporation, Silver Spring, MD
Odalys Crespo, MA, Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS), Washington, DC
Valerie Romero-Leggott, MD, School of Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
The nation faces a shortage of Hispanic health professionals that can provide quality and culturally competent healthcare to their community, the largest ethnic group in the United States (US). By 2050, Hispanics will comprise 29 percent of the US population. Yet, minorities only constitute less than 18 percent of physicians, nurses, and dentists. To meet the challenge of providing access and better care to Hispanics, The National Association of Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS), a nonprofit organization composed of 28 schools of medicine and public health, will share their collaborative work with government agencies and academic institutions to train over 300 fellows through the development and implementation of the HSHPS Graduate Fellowship Training Program (GFTP). The GFTP goals are to increase the number of Hispanic health professionals, enhance research and professional development skills, increase knowledge about Hispanic and other minority health issues, and provide networking opportunities. HSHPS has conducted an evaluation of its GFTP from to assess the extent to which the program met its objectives. The evaluation revealed several lessons learned and best practices in student recruitment, retention, and supportive services that resulted in a high rate of completion of the GTFP. The proposed presentation will provide an overview of the importance of increasing the Hispanic health professions workforce, key findings of the GFTP and the role that other national organizations like HSHPS can play to diversify the health professions workforce.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe the efforts of Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) to increase the Hispanic health workforce through the HSHPS Graduate Fellowship Program (GFTP). Present lessons learned and obstacles faced when implementing the fifteen GFTP for the past eight years, over 300 fellows. Discuss next steps to expand programs and collaboration efforts.

Keyword(s): Latino Health, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal investigator of multiple federally funded grants focusing on increasing the Hispanic and other minority health workforce. Additionally I am the Executive Director of HSHPS and have been tasked with expanding out workforce initiatives. Lastly, my work at HSHPS has motivated me to apply to multiple doctoral programs focusing on higher education to start fall 2013.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.