Diversity is a vital lever we must pull as a nation towards health equity. Improved diversity enables healthcare providers to meet the unique social, cultural, and linguistic needs of their patients. For young people of color, diversity creates pathways towards rewarding careers, in which they can make a positive impact on people’s lives.
While studies highlight the many benefits of diversity in delivering high quality healthcare, the U.S. lags far behind. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, Black male medical students accounted for just 2.9 percent of the national medical student body in 2019. Without the contribution of historically Black medical schools, just 2.4% would be Black men.
Planned, led, and facilitated by NSLA Field Consultants, the PLC:
Youth-serving programs engaging middle, high school, or college students of color who are interested in healthcare, or other STEM-related careers.
PLC Team Leader
Email Jake Weinfeld, NSLA Field Consultant, at STEMHealth@summerlearning.org to learn how to join our PLC.