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ERIC Number: EJ764769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov-2
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Serving the Underserved
Scott, Michael
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n19 p32-35 Nov 2006
Efforts to expand diversity in the health professions has received a boost from a prominent member of Congress. U.S. Senator Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, recently introduced a bill to amend the Public Health Service Act as part of a comprehensive initiative to improve the health of minority and other underserved populations. This bill, which is being co-sponsored by Democratic Senators Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, Barack Obama of Illinois and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, would include funding for the country's colleges and universities to recruit, train and retain minority students in the health professions. The proposed amendment comes on the heels of two studies documenting the barriers colleges and universities face in advancing health career opportunities for under-represented populations. Groundbreaking reports published by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce examine the low levels of minority participation in these professions and provide recommendations on the role of higher education institutions in reversing the trend.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Massachusetts; New Mexico; Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Hopwood v Texas; Public Health Service Act