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Briefing Date:01/29/2004
Topic:In the Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Health Sciences Policy
Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the
Diversity of the U.S. Health Care Workforce

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Congressional Briefing
Thursday, January 29, 2004
461 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 11:00 a.m.

on

In the Nation's Compelling Interest:
Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce

Fewer than one in 20 dentists and physicians in the United States is black. Only 2 percent of registered nurses and 3.5 percent of physicians are Hispanic. In the Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, assesses institutional and policy-level strategies that health-professional training programs and accreditation bodies could use to increase the proportion of minority students training for careers in health care.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on February 5, 2004 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of The National Academies Press.

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