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1 Introduction
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... Statements, recommendations, and opinions expressed are those of individual presenters and participants, and are not necessarily endorsed or verified by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and they should not be construed as reflecting any group consensus. 2 Sullivan is chairman and chief executive officer of The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions and president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine.
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... , remarked that a diverse workforce is a key attribute of quality health care.6 As he and Sullivan both remarked, research suggests that a diverse workforce may help to advance cultural competency and increase access to high-quality health care, especially for underserved populations. Conversely, lack of diversity in the health workforce threatens health care quality and access and contributes to health disparities.
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... • Explore ways in which innovative strategies can be shared with others, spread, and scaled up. To achieve these objectives, the planning committee organized panels addressing challenges and barriers for Black men's entry into the medical profession, current strategies to address these challenges, and how medical schools, philanthropies, and government can address the absence of Black men in medicine.
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... He highlighted the article he coauthored with Murray on this issue, which they describe as "an American crisis that threatens efforts to effectively address health disparities, and to address excellence in clinical care."12 He closed his remarks by echoing Dzau's hope that the meeting would be a "call to arms for people to get together nationally to move forward." He elaborated that the workshop is intended to bring out ideas. Additionally, he commented that the proceedings of the workshop could be used as a tool to discuss the ideas raised at the meeting and to raise awareness about the growing absence of Black men in medicine as a problem for all Americans.
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... Chapter 11 presents final reflections on the workshop sessions and summarizes a general discussion in which participants brainstormed potential strategies to address the dearth of Black men in medicine. In accordance with the policies of the National Academies workshop participants did not attempt to establish any conclusions or recommendations about needs and future directions, focusing instead on issues discussed by the speakers and workshop participants.

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