Strategies and Recommendations to Increase Diversity in Dietetics

      As the population in the United States becomes more diverse, health professions in the country require a diverse workforce to ensure proper and more personalized care for patients.
      • Valentine P.
      • Wynn J.
      • McLean D.
      Improving diversity in the health professions.
      Currently, whites account for more than 80% of the health professional workforce, whereas minorities are underrepresented in the field.
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      • Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities in Academy Diversity Initiatives
        Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsVol. 119Issue 10
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          The Practice Application by Burt and colleagues1 provides compelling approaches to increase diversity and inclusion in dietetics. However, the strategies are largely focused on racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity, whereas the Academy’s revised diversity definition2 and Diversity Strategic Plan3 are more encompassing. Specifically, we are concerned about the absence of strategies to include people with disabilities. Strategies to enhance diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities in medical education and biomedical research have been proposed4,5 and can serve as a model for nutrition and dietetics.
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