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Hispanic Healthcare Symposium focuses on workforce diversity

Kevin Barnett, DrPH, senior investigator, Public Health Institute, presents �Increasing Health Professions Workforce Diversity: Setting the Agenda for Meaningful Change.�
Kevin Barnett, DrPH, senior investigator, Public Health Institute, presents “Increasing Health Professions Workforce Diversity: Setting the Agenda for Meaningful Change.”
The office of diversity and human resource management & staff development hosted the Hispanic Healthcare Symposium October 19 in Wong Kerlee International Conference Center.

The speaker was Kevin Barnett, DrPH, senior investigator, Public Health Institute.

Dr. Barnett’s presentation was titled “Increasing Health Professions Workforce Diversity: Setting the Agenda for Meaningful Change.”

Dr. Barnett gave several compelling examples of how diversity  in the workforce can improve the workforce and serve everyone, not just minority groups.

“Diversity in higher education and health professions training settings produces better educational outcomes for all students,” said Dr. Barnett.

Dr. Barnett has devoted much of the last 15 years to the facilitation and evaluation of broadbased, inter-sectoral partnerships between organizations and community resident groups. He currently leads a multi-state community benefit demonstration program to develop uniform standards for commenting, quantifying, and evaluating institutional performance. He is currently a co-director for the California Initiative to Increase Health Professions Workforce Diversity. This initiative is a statewide effort to identify exemplary practices in workforce diversity in academic and health care institutions. Dr. Barnett was a member of the Institute of Medicine committee that shaped the landmark report titled “In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce,” published in 2004.

The Hispanic Healthcare Symposium is offered as part of diversity education presented by the office of diversity and the office of human resource management & staff development. Diversity education courses are offered to enhance personal and corporate effectiveness in health care service. Attendance to the diversity education programs are free of charge and open to anyone.

By Dustin Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, December 14, 2006