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Fellow Name: Thometta Cozart Brooks Fellowship Site: Ohio Commission on Minority Health This webinar will explore several methods of diversifying the healthcare workforce. This year marks the 50th year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the establishment of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which made it unlawful for employers to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

7/24/2014
When: July 24, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
Where: Webinar
United States 20036
Contact: Steve Owens
2026592269


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This year marks the 50th year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the establishment of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which made it unlawful for employers to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Equality within the workforce was the intended outcome of this Act. Yet, America’s workforce is not a reflection of today’s society. This fact is sadly true for the nation’s healthcare and health-related workforce.

In America, health disparities and inequities persist, despite major advances in technology and increased efforts from national, regional and local health organizations. It is now more important than ever for the nation’s healthcare and health-related workforce to mirror the diversity of the society it serves. The diversification of the healthcare and health-related workforce is one strategy for addressing racial and ethnic healthcare disparities and achieving health equity in the US.

The webinar, hosted by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education, will explore several methods of diversifying the healthcare workforce. These methods include:

  • Taking the first steps toward creating policy that focuses on workforce diversity issues by creating a state-level policy brief;
  • Academic organizations working across health professions to establish interdisciplinary diversity recruitment strategies; and
  • Offering an internship and fellowship experience for minority students to enhance their core competencies and leadership abilities.

Upon the completion of this webinar, participants will have learned of and discussed:

  • A broad overview of factors contributing to the lack of diversity in the healthcare and health-related workforce;
  • The process of creating state-level policy briefs;
  • The importance of institutionalizing recruitment and retention diversity efforts through administrative policy within academic organizations; and
  • The benefits of exposing underrepresented minority students and recent graduates to administrative, professional and leadership experiences within healthcare and health-related careers.

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Thometta Cozart Brooks, MS, MPH, CHES, CPH

DHPE Fellow, Ohio Commission on Minority Health

Ohio Statewide Health Disparities Collaborative – Workforce Diversity Committee Strategic Plan

http://www.ohiohealthdisparitiescollaborative.org/workforce-development-committee-strategic-plan/

10 minutes

Policy: Creating a State Policy Brief to Supporting Advocating Efforts

Reem Aly, JD, MHA

Director of Health Care Payment & Innovation Policy, Health Policy Institute of Ohio

Ohio Policy Brief: The role of diversity in Ohio’s health workforce

http://www.healthpolicyohio.org/the-role-of-diversity-in-ohios-health-workforce/

10 minutes

Diversity Recruitment: A Legislatively Mandated Diversity Recruitment Plan Across Health Programs

DJ Wells

Associate Director,

Urban Health Program, University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago - Urban Health Program Webpage

http://www.uic.edu/depts/uhealth/index.html

15 minutes

Pipeline, Internship and Fellowship Program: Building the Capacity of Minority Public Health Professionals

Dr. Steve Owens, MD, MPH

DHPE Health Equity Director, DPHE Internship and Fellowship Program

DHPE Health Equity Internship & Fellowship Programs Webpage

http://www.dhpe.org/?page=InternsFellows

15 minutes

Question and Answer Session

Thometta Cozart Brooks

10 minutes

 

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