Black and Hispanic Representation Declined After Increased Degree Requirements for Physician Assistants

The physician assistant (PA) profession is among the least racially and ethnically diverse health professions requiring advanced education. Between 1995 and 2020, the percentage of Black PA graduates fell from 7% to 3.1%, while Hispanic representation increased from 4.5% to 7.9%. PA programs that transitioned from bachelor’s to master’s degrees experienced a 5.3% point decline…

Surveying New Health Professionals: Overview

In this video Ed Salsberg, MPA, FAAN, provides an overview of the exit survey process.ArrayJanuary 4, 2022 113 minutes Array In this video Ed Salsberg, MPA, FAAN, provides us an overview of the exit survey process. 57January 4, 2022

Does Distance Learning Expand Access to MSW Education in Rural and Underserved Areas and Facilitate Greater Diversity Among Social Work Students?

Distance learning for social worker has increased in recent years as an effective way to provide access to education for students in underserved communities and increase the diversity of the workforce. However, the extent to which distance learning lives up to these goals remains unclear. This article describes a study that analyzed data on 2018…

Does Distance Learning Facilitate Diversity and Access to MSW Education in Rural and Underserved Areas?

Distance learning in social work has proliferated in recent years. It is increasingly promoted as a strategy for diversifying the social work workforce and expanding access to graduate education for individuals in rural and under-served communities. Findings indicate that online and blended education is associated with practice in rural and underserved areas. This article examines…

Health Workforce for Health Equity

Health disparities have worsened over the last 20 years in the United States, and research has exposed the role of health care systems in contributing to these disparities. Based on race/ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, and geography, communities face disproportionately higher disparities in access, diagnosis, and treatment, ultimately resulting in adverse health outcomes. This…

Limited, Uneven Progress Is Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity of Dental School Graduates

Black, Hispanic, and American Indian and Alaskan Native populations in the US experience great disparities in both oral health status and access to dental services. Increased diversity in the oral health workforce has been shown to decrease access barriers and oral health disparities and increase health care quality and patient satisfaction, specifically for minority populations….

Identifying School Level Factors Associated with Diversity in Dental Education

A diverse oral health workforce is important for providing care to patients of different backgrounds and improving health equity overall. Unfortunately, Blacks and Hispanics are underrepresented in dental education programs and in the larger oral health workforce. This article describes a study that analyzed the demographic data of dental programs and recent graduates and conducted…

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Planning and Response: A Tale of Two Health Workforce Estimator Tools

As the COVID-19 pandemic surged throughout the United States, increased demand for health workers led to the implementation of health workforce data and tools to aid planning and response at local, state, and national levels. This article describes the development of 2 estimator tools‚ÄĒthe State Hospital Workforce Deficit Estimator and the Contract Tracing Workforce Estimator‚ÄĒdesigned…

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Workforce Estimator

Contract tracing is an essential tool in the effort to control COVID-19, particularly when spikes in cases occur. By deploying the workforce effectively to trace infections, localities can determine appropriate mitigation policies. This tool allows users to estimate¬óbased on the number of new cases, the size of the local population, and other factors¬óhow many contact…

Health Workforce Diversity Tracker

Promoting racial and ethnic diversity in the health workforce can help meet the healthcare needs of underserved and racially diverse populations. More work needs to be done to provide easily accessible information about how levels of racial representation in the health workforce vary in different areas of the country. This interactive tool allows users to…

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