Diversity And Diversity

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What is diversity? Most people define diversity as being part of an underrepresented minority group such as Hispanic, African-American, Native American, etc. But diversity encompasses many other aspects such as gender, gender-identity and expression, socio-economic status and nationality. I am a first- generation American born to Nigerian immigrants. My parents came to the United States with nothing but a couple dollars and several keepsakes. I was born in the city of Staten Island, but raised in a rural part of southern Rhode Island where the closest medical facility was half an hour away. All my life I have lived in a predominately white neighborhood and also went to predominately white schools. As a young girl, I felt uncomfortable and …show more content…
Whenever my parents took me to the doctor’s office, they would have a lot of trouble communicating with the doctors because of their limited ability to speak English. I would translate Igbo, my parent’s tribal language, to English or simply speak to the doctor myself. When I got into high school, I felt that it was my time to advocate for more diversity in my community and other communities. I became a part of a student diversity group in high school and attended a student diversity leadership conference in Washington D.C. my senior year to extensively discuss the need for diversity in communities and how to promote this. I believe that there is a major lack of diversity in the health care sector especially in the inner city and this problem needs to be addressed and solved. It is essential for patients to feel comfortable with those that are in control of their health and to expand health care access for the …show more content…
Being a first-generation American and a daughter of Nigerian immigrants has given me the experience to correctly assess the issue of diversity in underserved areas. I believe that health disparities in the United States are a big problem and in order to solve this issue, we need doctors that are culturally and socio-economically diverse. We need doctors that will whole-heartedly put forth maximum effort for those that are disadvantaged. Studies show that African Americans and Native Americans are the two groups with higher mortality rates than any other population groups. There are eight times as many blacks as whites with AIDS, and blacks are nearly twice as likely as whites to die from diabetes. In order to reduce these numbers, providers need to understand the communities they serve, which will eventually lead to better communication between patients and their providers. Also, increasing the number and capacity of providers in underserved communities will help this disparity. African Americans and Latinos are twice as likely as Whites to rely on a hospital as their regular source of care, rather than a doctor’s office where opportunities of care and increased health are greater. It is imperative that diversity increases in the health care sector because it involves understanding identities and it contributes to people’s understanding and interpretation of the world and

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