ERIC Number: ED118299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Identification of Barriers and Proposed Solutions to the Attainment of Equal Representation in Post-Secondary Allied Health Programs for Minorities. Final Report.
Whittington, Marna C.; Benson, Stephen D.
The study identified the barriers which prevent application, matriculation, and/or completion of allied health postsecondary education programs by blacks, Spanish-surnamed Americans, and Native Americans and recommended means of reducing or eliminating the barriers. Only those barriers which could be resolved or reduced through programs of public information, outreach, and training were identified. The study was limited to the Northeastern states of Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Focus group sessions were conducted with 6 groups of students presently enrolled in programs of allied health, 6 groups of faculty, staff, and administrators of postsecondary allied health programs, and 1 group of minority professionals working in allied health. The discussions were analyzed in 2 ways: (1) objective analysis of barriers as stated in discussion and (2) content analysis of underlying thoughts and feelings. Findings indicated that: (1) most minority students did not include the allied health fields in their career selection process because they had no knowledge or inadequate knowledge of the career opportunities available; and (2) those who did enter postsecondary programs found the academic work difficult, sensed a feeling of social isolation, and seemed unable to find or get the supportive services needed to successfully deal with their environment. (Author/NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower.
Authoring Institution: Associates for Research in Behavior, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. Science Center.; New England Hospital Assembly, Inc., Durham, MA.