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Addressing Health Care Disparities and Increasing Workforce Diversity: The Next Step for the Dental, Medical, and Public Health Professions

Mitchell, Dennis A. and Lassiter, Shana L. (2006) Addressing Health Care Disparities and Increasing Workforce Diversity: The Next Step for the Dental, Medical, and Public Health Professions. American Journal of Public Health, 96 (12). pp. 2093-2097. ISSN 0090-0036

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Abstract

The racial/ethnic composition of our nation is projected to change drastically in the coming decades. It is therefore important that the health professions improve their efforts to provide culturally competent care to all patients. We reviewed literature concerning health care disparities and workforce diversity issues—particularly within the oral health field— and provide a synthesis of recommendations to address these issues. This review is highly relevant to both the medical and public health professions, because they are facing similar disparity and workforce issues. In addition, the recent establishment of relationships between oral health and certain systemic health conditions will elevate oral health promotion and disease prevention as important points of intervention in the quest to improve our nation’s public health.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: culturally competent care; health care disparities; workforce diversity; oral health promotion
Subjects: Health
Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health
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Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 09:53
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1014

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