The Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity

This journal focuses on factors that promote or constrain the development and sustainability of a diverse health professions workforce. The journal is directed toward educators, policy makers, and the health community.


Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring

Overcoming the Challenges That Licensure Examinations Place on Diversity
An essential element of workforce diversity is student success on licensure examinations. Despite years of academic preparation, when students fail the examinations, they are unable to obtain a license to practice and thus cannot enter the profession...
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Pushing the Envelope-In the Right Direction
I recently attended a political event where the customary platitudes were being shared but I was effectively drawn in by a story told by one of the presenters. A wealthy man invited a group of local teenagers over to his estate, and in its grandeur,...
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Broadening Diversity in Medicine: Outcomes of the Drexel Pathway to Medical School Postbaccalaureate Medical Science Program
INTRODUCTION Many academic health centers are in search of strategies to address recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in medicine. The aim is to create a more diverse physician workforce which mirrors the patient population being...
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Examining the Relationship between Mindfulness, Perceived Stress, and Blood Pressure in African-American College Students
INTRODUCTION Research shows higher prevalence of stress among college students today compared to fifteen years ago (Rizer, Fagan, Kilmon, & Rath, 2016; Saleh, Camart, & Romo, 2017). According to the American College Health Association (ACHA,...
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Usability of Alzheimer's mHealth Applications
INTRODUCTION Alzheimer's Disease in the United States Alzheimer's disease is a chronic, age-related, health disparity that affects over 5.2 million older adults aged 65+ in the United States (Alzheimer's Association, 2017). The prevalence of...
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Examining Diversity Offices in Medical Education
INTRODUCTION Diversity office work may not be valued for promotion for the underrepresented minorities in medicine (URMM) faculty member. Faculty members may find themselves working for an entire career only to retire as an assistant professor,...
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Increasing Diversity in the Physical Therapy Profession by Addressing Deficiencies in the Performance of African Americans on the National Physical Therapy Examination
INTRODUCTION The health professional workforce does not equitably reflect all racial and ethnic groups. African Americans are underrepresented among physicians, registered nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and allied health professionals (Valentine,...
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Racism Still a Problem in Healthcare's C-Suite: Efforts Aimed at Boosting Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Fail to Make Progress
Black professionals who hope to reach administrative positions in hospital systems know to keep their mouths shut when it comes to issues of diversity, inclusion, and race. Speak out, and they risk being branded angry or difficult, labels that stick...
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My Reflection on Diversity
My Reflection of Diversity: Paying Back and Paying it Forward As Henry Ward Beecher stated, "We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started ..." Not too many girls...
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Vol. 10, No. 2, Fall

Diversity Still Matters
The word diversity is under fire these days. There are calls to end the diversity visa lottery program over concerns of potential terrorists entering the country and the desire to issue visas to more European countries over African and Caribbean nations,...
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Remain Steadfast
As politically tumultuous as our previous year has been, a new year brings opportunity to recapture and recommit to equity and inclusion in the work that we do and the communities we support. Inclusion and diversity must remain critical components...
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Examining the Delicate Balance of Maintaining One's Blackness as a Black Professional on the Predominantly White Campus
INTRODUCTION The results of a 2014 American College of Healthcare Executives study titled "A Racial/Ethnic Comparison of Career Attainments in Healthcare Management" showed White men were still more likely to hold senior-level positions in health...
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Addressing the Social Determinants of Behavioral Health for Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Recommendations for Improving Rural Health Care Delivery and Workforce Development
INTRODUCTION Ensuring equitable access to quality behavioral health services for all citizens is tantamount to the success and safety of society. The National Institute for Minority Health (2017) notes that with the increasing diversification of...
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The Role of the Leadership Academy in Cultivating Leadership Development: Perceptions of Prospective Doctor of Pharmacy Students
INTRODUCTION As the role of pharmacists and other health care professionals expands within the health care system, leadership skills become increasingly essential part of professional development. Both the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy...
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Pipeline Programs to Increase the Diversity of Health Professional Students at Western Carolina University: Combining Efforts to Foster Equality
INTRODUCTION Western Carolina University (WCU) is a regional comprehensive university. It is the westernmost campus in the University of North Carolina system, with more than 10,800 students. Rooted in southern Appalachia, WCU sits between the Great...
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Addressing Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in a College of Nursing
East Carolina University (ECU) College of Nursing (CON) is committed to promoting an environment that values diversity and inclusion as part of the fabric of its organizational culture. More than a decade ago, the college established the Diversity...
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Efforts of Elizabeth City State University to Increase Health Profession Diversity
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is in the rural historic Albemarle area near the mouth of the Pasquotank River in northeastern North Carolina. Approximately 25 percent of northeastern North Carolina residents live below the poverty line, compared...
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