Life expectancy can differ by as much as 20 years in neighborhoods only a few miles from one another. Differences in income, education, age, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, as well as access to quality health care determine these disparate outcomes. Too often, health professions students graduate without the knowledge and skills necessary to help close this gap and specifically may not have the skills to care for patients from different cultural backgrounds. The growing racial and ethnic diversity of America, along with the aging of America’s baby boomers, demands that we better prepare our health professionals to serve this changing population.
Learning to Care for Underserved Patients
We support projects that expand health professionals’ understanding and skills in delivering culturally and linguistically appropriate care and expose students and trainees to caring for patients from diverse backgrounds. We also support initiatives aimed at helping ensure more graduating and practicing health professionals choose to work in health care settings that serve vulnerable people, including those in rural and inner-city communities.