BlackDorctor.org recently released its list of the Top Hospitals for Divresity recognizing some of the nation’s most prestegios and well known hospitals for their commitment.
The criteria utilized for the list included a number of key components including:
- Commitment to the American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care Pledge
- Recognized delivery of quality healthcare services
- Inclusive and diverse clinical and administrative staff
- Persons of color and women represented at the highest levels-including the board of directors and senior-level executives
The list released by BlackDoctor.org included Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai as well as “The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, The Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.”
There are many benefits for African Americans when it pertains to having access to a doctor of the same ethnicity.
“A recent Johns Hopkins School of Medicine study revealed that black doctors generally had more positive attitudes toward the patient. Another study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found that black men—who have the lowest life expectancy of any major demographic in the nation—were more likely to engage in preventative care and seek medical advice with a black doctor.”
Despite this information, the number of black medical students have decreased in recent years with NPR noting that there were less black medical students in 2014 than in 1978. Several initiatives have been launched to combat this including “renowned New York University School of Medicine announced free tuition for all current and future medical students.” The high cost of medical school is often cited as a barrier for many potential doctors of color.
In addition, several “HBCUs including Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark-Atlanta University launched The Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy to better prepare students for the MCAT and medical school.”
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