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ERIC Number: ED537729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 45
The Latino/a Health Professions Pipeline: An Overview
Olivares-Urueta, Mayra
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
The 2010 Census summary data and demographic projections for the country accentuate the astronomical growth of the Latino/a population. Mirroring these demographic trends, there is a critical shortage of Latino/as in the healthcare industry which negatively impacts the ability of the field to provide quality and culturally congruent healthcare to the largest racial/ethnic group in the country. According to Komaromy et al. (1996) it is imperative to have a diverse healthcare workforce because patients tend to gravitate to healthcare providers from their own race. Diversity in healthcare is necessary not only to reflect the demographics of the country but also because diverse perspectives are necessary for the advancement, increased access to and equity in healthcare (Mitchell & Lassiter, 2006). [This paper was prepared for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Hispanic Higher Education Research Collective (H3ERC).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)