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Health Equity and Progress for Underrepresented Minorities

Hawkins, Anita

Diversity in the workplace has been recognized as a beneficial and profitable practice which fosters greater creativity and innovation generated from varied perspectives and experiences. (Richard and Miller, 2013).  Even in the public sector, the benefits of a diverse workforce are recognized.  The US Office of Personnel Management’s (2016) Strategic plan aims to attain a workforce representative of all segments of society with the objective of being more responsive in the provision of public service. The Journal of Underrepresented Minority Progress (JUMP) provides an opportunity to recognize the negative but refocus on the positive and the potential via sharing stories of seized opportunities, and successfully met challenges by those who have experienced the phenomenon of being an underrepresented minority. It is through the sharing of such efforts that others may be inspired to conduct and disseminate studies and scholarly thought pieces. Dissemination of such works leads to an increase in the understanding of the systemic complexity of the phenomena creating disparities and challenging diversity while seeking to find less complicated solutions. Evidence is continually needed to advance and advocate health equity, and diversity and inclusion policies as best practices but also as an ethical imperative.

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