Efforts aimed at boosting diversity in healthcare leadership fail to make progress - Antoinette Hardy-Waller

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Antoinette Hardy-Waller, “Until you get individuals who understand and appreciate the culture and the challenges within minority communities, you can’t address the risks and implications that the individuals in those communities go through”.

Diversity in healthcare leadership and the physician workforce has been discussed for decades. There have been conferences, roundtables, white papers, countless surveys and research studies on the subject. The American Hospital Association launched the #123forEquity pledge campaign in 2015 to eliminate healthcare disparities. Part of that pledge, which has been signed by leaders at nearly 1,500 of the 5,000 U.S. hospitals, asks signers to increase diversity in leadership and governance.

The business case for having leaders and clinicians from different backgrounds has long been accepted. Experts say better outcomes stem from a workforce that resembles the diversity of its patients because it promotes trust and compliance, while mitigating bias.

The original article in the Modern Healthcare.

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