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Diversity in Health Services Research IV

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									Racial and Ethnic Diversity in
HSR: Student Feedback
                Presented by
          Virginia Van Horne, MA;
              data analyzed by
           Sarah A. Manes, MPP
                June 6, 2004
Focus Group Characteristics

   2 Focus Groups; 1 conducted at each of two
    institutions
   16 students
   8 Asian (includes Indian), 5 African
    American, 2 Hispanic, 1 Native American
   13 women, 3 men
   Mix of Master’s and Doctoral candidates
Focus Group Questions
   Choice of HSR as a career
   Choice of institution
   Program characteristics
   Mentors
   Future
   Opinions about Fellowship/Summer
    program
Factors Important to Decision-
making
   Diversity in faculty, students, community
   Faculty outreach, accessibility of advisors
   Funding
   Institutional support and attitude toward people of
    color
   Program/class size
   Faculty working in area of research interest
   Reputation of program
Barriers
-   Knowledge of HSR is limited
-   Role models are limited
-   Institutional connections inconsistent
-   Faculty institutional support system varies
Mentoring
   Critical
   Source of mentor varies
   Advisor role can differ from mentor
Importance of Diversity in
HSR


Be careful of pigeon-holing
Reactions to Fellowship/Summer
Program
   Adequate funding
   Timing flexible for use of funds
   Creative funding – conferences, books, etc.
   Many portals of entry
   Target potential students working in field
Reactions to Fellowship/Summer
Program
   Be savvy with marketing to reach wider
    population
   Fellowship should not be tied to acceptance
    into a doctoral program
   Selective selection criteria – existence of
    past student loans, etc.
   Do not target summer program toward
    undergraduates

								
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