ERIC Number: ED157655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar-23
Proceedings of the Western Regional Working Conference on "Ethnic Minorities and the Health Professions" (1st, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 23-25, 1976).
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
Sixty selected representatives from 13 western states, as well as other states throughout the U.S., gathered to share their concerns, exchange ideas, and demonstrate their unity for the continued expansion of the ethnic minority role within the health professions. Discussion centered on the degree of effectiveness of educational and governmental institutions to train and support and, subsequently, provide quality health care to those communities most in need. Topics in the area of recruitment, admissions, and retention were examined to determine the continuation of programs designed to increase the participation of ethnic minorities within the entire spectrum of the health care delivery system. Pressing issues such as the legality of minority admission criteria, sensitizing and motivating faculty and administration to meet ethnic minority needs, developing rationale for program planning, and providing alternatives to traditional entry methods were addressed. Discussion from the work groups centered on identifying common issues, determining functions to implement action oriented activity, and delineating feasible activities that could impact mutual goals of health science centers and consumers of health services. Participants identified the need for a community based advocacy group which could respond to health care delivery issues, impact legislation directly affecting ethnic groups and their access to funds for equalization of opportunities, and devise an informational network to participate in planning strategies for quick response to and pressing issues. (NQ)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Admission Criteria, American Indians, Blacks, Conference Reports, Educational Finance, Ethnic Groups, Financial Support, Health Occupations, Mexican Americans, Minority Groups, Motivation Techniques, Nontraditional Education, Program Development, School Holding Power, Student Recruitment, Summer Programs
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.