Improving diversity at Hopkins allows us to better reflect the community we serve. While racial and ethnic minorities make up 26 percent of the total U.S. population, only about six percent of practicing physicians and nine percent of nurses are Latino, African American or Native American.
In Baltimore, where 65 percent of the population is African American and where the Latino population has increased by nearly 50 percent in the last six years, there is a similar disconnect between providers and patients.
The Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence supports initiatives in departments across all levels of the organization, from executive administration to students. These include:
- A visiting professorship for diversity and an urban health summer residency in the Department of Medicine.
- The Department of Pediatrics recently held a retreat for fellowship training directors called "Diversity Matters."
- Departments of surgery, anesthesiology and urology are developing a diversity attitudes survey.
- The Department of Psychiatry has established a Diversity Brain Trust to provide better access to mental health and developmental disability services within minority and underserved communities.