The U.S. healthcare workforce must be made to look “like America,” Vice President Kamala Harris declared Monday, announcing $1.5 billion in spending to “do just that.”
"Our nation must invest in a healthcare workforce that looks like America and provide access to equitable healthcare for all Americans,” Harris said Monday, touting the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan:
“Our nation must invest in a healthcare workforce that looks like America and provide access to equitable healthcare for all Americans. So, today I am proud to announce, thanks to our American Rescue Plan, we will invest one and a half billion to help us do just that."
“And, these professionals will look like America and be better prepared to provide equitable care to America,” Harris reiterated, later in her speech.
The “$1.5 Billion investment in National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps will expand and diversify the health workforce and improve critical clinical care in underserved communities,” according to a post on the White House website.
The percentage of Black and Hispanic physicians in the U.S. must be aligned with the percentages that Blacks and Hispanics make up of the nation’s total population, the White House announcement decrees:
“Only about 7 percent of physicians in the United States identify as Black or Hispanic/Latino despite the fact that Black and Hispanic/Latino Americans account for 31 percent of the nation’s total population. Over 25 percent of physicians serving through the National Health Service Corps identify as Black or Hispanic/Latino. The mobilization of these providers is a critical step towards addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes and expanding the representation of these communities in health care professions.”