Enhancing the diversity of the pediatrician workforce

Aaron L. Friedman, William T. Basco, Andrew J. Hotaling, Beth A. Pletcher, Mary E. Rimsza, Scott A. Shipman, Richard P. Shugerman, Rachel Wallace Tellez

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Abstract

This policy statement describes the key issues related to diversity within the pediatrician and health care workforce to identify barriers to enhancing diversity and offer policy recommendations to overcome these barriers in the future. The statement addresses topics such as health disparities, affirmative action, recent policy developments and reports on workforce diversity, and research on patient and provider diversity. It also broadens the discussion of diversity beyond the traditional realms of race and ethnicity to include cultural attributes that may have an effect on the quality of health care. Although workforce diversity is related to the provision of culturally effective pediatric care, it is a discrete issue that merits separate discussion and policy formulation. At the heart of this policy-driven action are multiorganizational and multispecialty collaborations designed to address substantive educational, financial, organizational, and other barriers to improved workforce diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-837
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics
Volume119
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007

Keywords

  • Culturally effective care
  • Diversity
  • Ethnicity
  • Race
  • Workforce

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    Friedman, A. L., Basco, W. T., Hotaling, A. J., Pletcher, B. A., Rimsza, M. E., Shipman, S. A., Shugerman, R. P., & Tellez, R. W. (2007). Enhancing the diversity of the pediatrician workforce. Pediatrics, 119(4), 833-837. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2007-0158