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CHL to Hold Original Thought-Leadership Series about Need for Hispanics in the Healthcare and Biomedical Fields; City of Hope to Host Signature Event on Their Campus
Date:9/19/2013

Irvine, California (PRWEB) September 19, 2013

According to a UCLA study, only five percent of licensed doctors in California are Latino in a state that is nearly 40 percent Hispanic, which demonstrates a severe shortage of primary care physicians who have both the language and cultural connections to care for Hispanic patients. “This disparity contributes to the many tension points that exist between the healthcare industry and the Hispanic community, such as the lack of medical research specifically targeting Hispanics; the absence of healthcare information tailored to their needs; and their disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death, and injury,” says CHL Founder/CEO, Glenn Llopis, who also writes for Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, and the Huffington Post. “It's clear that the conversation around the need to build a more prominent Hispanic workforce in the healthcare industry is escalating in relevancy.”

As the numbers of Hispanics continue to increase, more Hispanic leaders and role models in all industries are needed, but particularly in healthcare for two major reasons: 1) professional healthcare is not necessarily something Hispanics were raised with or see the value in, and therefore they may not seek it out; and 2) the urgency is greater in this industry because the lack of research and outreach to the community directly affects their health and well-being. According to a recent article in Hispanic Network Magazine, in order for the U.S. to remain globally competitive in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the country will need to train 1 million STEM professionals over the next ten years. Currently, educational instituti
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