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LLU recognized for diversifying the health care workforce

Loma Linda University was recognized as an exemplary practice institution in the area of diversity for 2008. The April 2008 publication “Profiles in Leadership: A Review of Exemplary Practices to Increase Health Professions Workforce Diversity in California” chronicles the history and acknowledges the work and contributions of the LLU office of community partnerships and diversity to bring more under-represented minorities into the health care professions. 

The 159-page publication is produced by the Public Health Institute, the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health, with funding from The California Endowment. LLU’s office of community partnerships and diversity is presented as one of four best practice institutions in the prestigious area of leadership and institutional commitment. The office is directed by Leslie N. Pollard, PhD, DMin, MBA, vice chancellor for community partnerships and diversity, and Juan Carlos Belliard, PhD, MPH, assistant vice chancellor for community partnerships and diversity.

“Our University should be justifiably proud of this tremendous commendation from our academic partners and peers who wrestle with increasing the diversity of our health care workforce,” comments Dr. Pollard. “A substantial amount of work has occurred in the last 10 years, and I wish to thank our president, our deans, our office team, and our LLU diversity chairs, all of whom work so hard for the institution. I especially commend our Medical Center administrative colleagues for their strong support for a very progressive system-wide diversity education curriculum. To be considered among the best is exactly where we want our organization to rank.”

In 2007, Loma Linda was selected by a 25-member Statewide Advisory Committee following more than 60 group and individual informant interviews across the state of California.

According to the selection criteria determined by the Public Health Institute, “The general intent in the selection process was to capture unique practices in each of the seven categories, with each practice demonstrative of relative alignment with specific recommendations in the Institute of Medicine and Sullivan Commission Reports.­”  

The Loma Linda University office of community partnerships and diversity was commended in five areas, including dedicated leadership, comprehensive strategies to improve the climate for diversity, and recruitment initiatives and regular training for students, faculty, and staff on issues of cultural competence.

“It was an honor to partner with the Public Health Institute and Berkeley’s School of Public Health in this important project,” says Dr. Belliard. “Having LLU featured in the exemplary practices publication should make us proud and also encourage us to continue making our campus a place where under-represented minority faculty and students can thrive in an environment that is welcoming and rich with opportunities to serve their communities.”

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TODAY news for Thursday, June 30, 2008