A Stronger, More Diverse Health Care Workforce

February 14, 2022
A more diverse and inclusive health care workforce makes all our organizations stronger and improves health care for all Marylanders.

Yet, data show we have a long way to go.

A national study last year found Black, Latino, and Native American people are sorely underrepresented in the health care workforce. For example, while about 12.1% of the entire U.S. workforce is Black, Black representation among 10 health professions ranged from 3.3% for physical therapists to 11.4% for respiratory therapists. Maryland is no better.

As we celebrate the tremendous contributions and excellence of the African American population during Black History month, we commit to doing a better job recruiting talent from communities of color and creating pathways for more diverse caregivers to join and to rise through our ranks.

You may have seen Deneen Richmond, President of Luminis Health Doctors Medical Center, on CBS News say how building community and compassion are key to overcoming racism and bias. With guidance like this, MHA’s Task Force on the Future of Maryland’s Health Workforce is aiming to engage partners and tap the rich human capital of all Marylanders to strengthen our workforce.

Task force members are discussing new ways to grow the talent pipeline. High on the list is to support first-generation college students, underrepresented minorities, and others who are socioeconomically-disadvantaged. The group also wants to find the best ways to build career ladders for those already employed by your hospitals and health systems.

Tackling the dual challenges of a critical workforce shortage and longstanding racial disparities will make our organizations more vibrant and give patients a better care experience.

Bob Atlas
President & CEO
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