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BFA will begin celebrating several heritage months through themed newsletters to illuminate the current interprofessional efforts to improve the care for our diverse populations! We begin our celebration with the National Hispanic/Latinx* Heritage Month.
The National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, which is observed from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, is a time to appreciate the culture of our Hispanic/Latinx (H/L) population. This group is the largest and fastest growing ethnic minority group in our nation. According to the 2015 U.S. Census Bureau, this group makes up 17.6% (56.5 million people) of the total U.S. population and is expected to grow to 28.6% by 2060. However, as of 2014, only 7.7 percent of all healthcare practitioners and technicians were H/L (U.S. Department of Labor, 2015).
With this degree of population growth, there are staggering health disparities that demand collaborative and comprehensive efforts. One recognized approach to addressing health disparities is to increase the number of H/L in health professions able to provide culturally competent care and increase access to care. Organizations, such as the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), recognize that reducing current health disparities will require an increase in H/L representation. This article discusses NAHN’s recent efforts to increase H/L nurses and urges healthcare leaders to also take action.
We understand that populations such as the H/L community are incredibly diverse. Below we have showcased a small sampling of the varying H/L experiences as it relates to health equity. We look forward to kick-starting the conversation and appreciate everyone’s on-going contributions to improving health equity and health professions education!
*Latinx: While most pre-existing research uses the term 'Latino,' we use the term Latinx as a gender-inclusive alternative. The H/L ethnic group is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau (2016) as those from “Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.”
Efrain Talamantes, MD, MBA, MSHPM
Dr. Talamantes, Associate Director at the Center for Reducing Health Disparities in UC Davis School of Medicine, founded the national mentorship program MiMentor in response to the lack of Latinos in healthcare related professions. He works tirelessly to recruit and mentor students who otherwise lack exposure and experiences critical to fostering a strong and diverse healthcare workforce committed to caring for underserved communities. Learn more about Dr. Talamantes’ work here.
Member Project Spotlight: Want to Share Your Innovative Work with the BFA Community?
The Beyond Flexner Alliance wants to highlight your work! We will highlight a project that embodies the Beyond Flexner Alliance mission and share the different ways in which you are building equity in education, research, service, policy, and practice. To submit your project please complete this form.
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More about our mission and vision:
"Beyond Flexner Alliance (BFA) is a national movement, focused on health equity and training health professionals as agents of more equitable health care. This movement takes us beyond centuries-old conventions in health professions education to train providers prepared to build a system that is not only better, but fairer. BFA aims to promote social mission in health professions education by networking learners, teachers, community leaders, health policy makers and their organizations to advance equity in education, research, service, policy, and practice."