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Resources for Building a Diverse and Culturally Competent Workforce in the Dietetics Profession

Published:November 24, 2015DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2015.10.016
      According to the US Census Bureau, ethnic and minority groups accounted for more than one-third of the population in 2012, with projections indicating that the United States will become a “majority-minority” nation for the first time in 2043.

      US Census Bureau. U.S. Census bureau projections show a slower growing, older, more diverse nation a half century from now. Press release. December 12, 2012. http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb12-243.html. Accessed May 5, 2015.

      As the country’s population becomes increasingly more diverse, registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) can continue to support and develop a culturally competent workforce that is trained to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of patients and provide quality nutritional guidance in a respectful manner.
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