Race-neutral versus race-conscious workforce policy to improve access to care

Somnath Saha, Scott A. Shipman

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Abstract

Access to care for racial and ethnic minority groups, low-income populations, and the un- and underinsured has been problematic despite expansion in the health workforce. Workforce policies that improve access to care are needed, as is funding to support them. Reviewing evidence related to providers' patterns of service to the underserved, this paper concludes that underrepresented minority health professionals have consistently been more likely than those from low socioeconomic backgrounds or the National Health Service Corps to deliver health care to the underserved. These findings have implications for policies and programs that might leverage the workforce to better meet the needs of disadvantaged patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-245
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Minority Health
Health Manpower
Minority Groups
Vulnerable Populations
Poverty
Ethnic Groups
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national minority
health service
low income
funding
minority
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Delivery of Health Care
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  • Health Policy

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Race-neutral versus race-conscious workforce policy to improve access to care. / Saha, Somnath; Shipman, Scott A.

In: Health Affairs, Vol. 27, No. 1, 01.2008, p. 234-245.

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Saha, Somnath ; Shipman, Scott A. / Race-neutral versus race-conscious workforce policy to improve access to care. In: Health Affairs. 2008 ; Vol. 27, No. 1. pp. 234-245.
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