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Coverage of Mullan Institute COVID-19 Initiatives
WASHINGTON (May 10, 2021) – The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity (Mullan Institute), based at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, today announced the 2021-2022 fellows of the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program. The year-long program honors health professionals with a commitment to health equity and demonstrated leadership potential. This year’s fellows, the fifth class in the program, were selected from a competitive pool of approximately 280 national and global applicants. Read full press release here.
(CNN)Black adults were more likely than their White and Latino/Hispanic counterparts to report having been discriminated against or judged unfairly by a health care provider or their staff in the months leading up to and during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new analysis finds.
The report was released this week by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The study, conducted in September 2020, found that 10.6% of Black nonelderly adults said they faced discrimination while seeking care based on their race, sexual orientation, disability, gender or health condition, compared to 3.6% of White adults and 4.5% of Latino adults. Race and ethnicity were the top factors cited in unfair treatment.
Among the Black adults who participated, women and low-income individuals faced the highest rates of discrimination, the report said.
Dulce Gonzalez, research associate at the Urban Institute, said the findings are consistent with data revealed in similar studies about discrimination in health care. "Discrimination and unfair judgment in a health care setting can result in serious ramifications to health and have cumulative adverse effects on people's lives," Gonzalez said in a statement.
Mona Shah, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which funded the study, said the unfair treatment of Black people seeking health care "cannot be tolerated anymore."
"Tackling health inequities stemming from racism or unfair treatment requires public policy, industry practices, and medical education that builds trust and addresses implicit bias and the historical roots of racism in the medical system," Shah said in a statement.
The findings in the Urban Institute report come as the nation looks to end a Covid-19 pandemic that has impacted people of color at higher rates than White people. Still, some Black and Latino Americans have been hesitant to get the vaccine because of the nation's history of racism in medical research and healthcare.A recent study by George Washington University revealed that Black, Latino and Native Americans were largely underrepresented in the health care workforce. Researchers say more diverse representation is key to improving health outcomes for communities of color, including the Covid-19 spread.
Health advocates and civil rights leaders have criticized some states for lagging with equitable vaccine access for communities of color. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced he was moving up the deadline for states to make all adults eligible for the vaccine to April 19. The initial deadline was May 1.
Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans are significantly underrepresented in U.S. health professions, with little indication that diversity will improve, a new study says.
In 2019, Black people made up about 12.1% of the U.S. workforce, but their representation in 10 health professions studied ranged from 3.3% for physical therapists to 11.4% for respiratory therapists.
WASHINGTON (March 31, 2021) — In 2019, Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans were severely underrepresented in the health care workforce, a trend that shows limited signs of improvement, according to a study published today by George Washington University researchers.
“Our findings suggest that Blacks, Latinos and other people of color have been left behind when it comes to the health professions,” Edward Salsberg, senior research scientist and co-director of the Health Workforce Diversity Tracker project at the GW Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, said. The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity is based at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health.
Salsberg, who is the lead author, said the study is one of the first to measure the representation of Blacks, Latinos and other minorities in the current workforce and compare it to the diversity of the future workforce across health professions. The findings are important because minority health professionals play a critical role in efforts to reduce the disproportionate burden of diseases, including COVID-19, among communities of color.