Diversity in the Academic Health Center: Progress and Opportunities

Sonja Haywood, Ron Berkman, Jeanne C. Sinkford, Louis Sullivan, Jeffrey L. Susman, Jay Gershen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Despite decades of efforts, the United States has an enduring shortage of racial and ethnic minorities in the health professions-the result of segregation, discrimination, and unequal opportunities. According to the 2010 US Census, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans or Alaska Native Americans make up >38% of the US population. The Census Bureau projects that by the year 2042 there will no longer be a white majority in the United States. However, <15% of the nation's physicians, nurses, dentists, and other health professionals are minorities. By the year 2050, these ethnic groups are projected to comprise only 14% of the nation's physicians, 13% of the nation's dentists, and 11% of the nation's nurses. These figures illustrate a daunting diversity gap in our health care workforce that contributes to poorer health status, shorter lifespan, and higher burden of disease and disability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Transformation of Academic Health Centers
Subtitle of host publicationMeeting the Challenges of Healthcare's Changing Landscape
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128010044
ISBN (Print)9780128007624
StatePublished - Apr 7 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Diversity
  • Health professions
  • Health service

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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