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Future of the Healthcare Industry Depends on Building the Hispanic Pipeline; City of Hope’s Dr. Susan Kane Discusses this Urgent Need on HealthyHispanicLiving.com
Date:12/19/2013

States, leading cancer and research institutes such as City of Hope have had to resort to recruiting not only beyond outside county lines but outside the country in order to fill research positions and graduate student admissions. Consequently, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has stated that 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 10 years – a tall order. However, as the U.S. undergoes its demographic shift, the growing number of Hispanics, who will comprise 30 percent of the population by 2050, are fast becoming the natural resource the country needs to leverage to sustain and advance America's healthcare system.

While the number of American students pursuing advanced degrees in graduate school in the sciences has increased by 80 percent between 1980 and 2011, the number of foreign students doing similar graduate work in the U.S., grew by more than 200 percent over the same time period. Additionally, currently only 9 percent of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees and just under 4 percent of science and engineering doctoral degrees go to Hispanics, with another 8 percent and 3 percent respectively, going to African Americans. Simultaneously, the healthcare and biomedical fields are growing and need to fill a wide range of jobs and career positions.

More importantly that mere growing number of Hispanics is the capital intelligence they bring to the table. A diverse workforce is much more likely to pursue biomedical research problems that address and ultimately reduce health disparities that persist among many minority communities. Diversity
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