Many of the ethnic and racial workforce inequities in the United States are present in health care systems. Low representation of African American/Black individuals in the health care system workforce can be traced to a history of exclusionary practices that leave such individuals less likely to pursue health careers. Past research found that low representation is driven by inequities in health, education, and employment that are a result of structural racism.
Pathways programs have been identified as one of the methods to increase recruitment, retention, and promotion in health-related career fields for African American/Black individuals. As prior research has shown, these programs recruit and support the graduation of students from underrepresented communities at all educational stages to increase their representation in specific fields.
This report describes the development of key factors in framework design for the Health System–Community Pathways Program (HCPP), which aims to increase representation of African American/Black communities in the health care system workforce and improve the quality of their experience in pursuing careers in these fields. The HCPP framework of key factors is informed by an environmental scan, interviews and focus groups, and an expert discussion panel session.
The report’s authors come from diverse backgrounds; the team included African American/Black physicians and members of other historically marginalized communities. The qualitative research drew insights from diverse African American/Black community stakeholders; the report was reviewed by many stakeholders to ensure that the design of the research and the end product maximally benefits the community on which it focuses.
Author(s): Jasmyne Jackson, Nasma Berri, Wilson Nham, Nazia Wolters, Tessa Adzemovic, Ryan E. Tsuchida, Miyante Newton, John Burkhardt, Marcia Perry, Lucy Schulson, Mahshid Abir