Diversity and Equity

The diversity and cultural competence of the health workforce directly impacts access to and quality of health care. At Healthforce Center, we have examined the diversity of the workforce, tested innovations to improve cultural competency, and studied the link between diversity and health equity.


Asian Health Services: Medical Assistants Improve Language Access and Patient-Centered Care

Asian Health Services (AHS) is an urban federally-qualified health center in Oakland, California.

Tracking Workforce Diversity in Dentistry: Importance, Methods, and Challenges

Concern abounds about whether the health care workforce is sufficient to meet changing demands spurred by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Non-White Students Make up the Majority of Californians Pursuing Health Care Education

This issue brief explores two related phenomena: growth in the number of non-White students pursuing health professions-related education, and the...

Policy Solutions to Address the Foreign-Educated and Foreign-Born Health Care Workforce in the United States

Foreign-educated and foreign-born health workers constitute a sizable and important portion of the US health care workforce.

The Diversity of California’s Registered Nursing Workforce – 2013 Update

Multiple data sources were analyzed to provide detailed information about the diversity of California’s registered nurse workforce and to develop...