There is a recent push to study the impact of a non-diverse workforce in health care offices. According to Health US News, “Boosting the diversity of providers in the U.S. health care industry could be a tool for bridging the gap from shortest to longest life spans,” Black Americans currently have the shortest life spans in relation to whites, Latinos, and Asians. Some in the healthcare industry believe that a lack of black patients formulates from a distrust of a system that does not reflect them. There is currently a study being performed to look "for a connection between states with a higher proportion of black Americans working in the health care industry and higher life expectancy trends.“ Early results confirm this belief.
In addition to trying to increase black patients utilizing health care, mental illness is also being highlighted. According to child psychologist, Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, an associate professor of psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, "Among teens, 11 percent have had a major depressive episode in the past year. African-American youth get less specialty care, have lower rates of treatment completion, spend less time in treatment and are less likely to get treatment specific to their mental health disorder.” An increase in diversity for psychologist is also being looked at to help black patients become more willing to receive help.
Whether study’s will show that an increase in diversity will lead to more black patients receiving treatment remains to be seen, but any ideas to help improve the health of Americans is a great idea.