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The Art of Embracing Diversity 2020

Helen Mumford- Diversity in Healthcare

Diversity in Healthcare 

Wouldn't it be terrible? 

Even Sad.. 

If just one single type of healthcare provider is all we had? 

We live in a world where the cultural makeup of the healthcare workforce and of the country as a whole statistically doesn't add up. people of color represent over 25% of the nation’s population. But, only 10% of people of color are healthcare workers. The nation's population is predominantly white census bureau anticipates more than 50% of Americans will be long to a minority 2044. As the  likelihood of working with patients from different cultural backgrounds increases; nurses must be motivated to learn about cultural diversity in their nursing practices. If you have nurses who understand a patients  

  • Culture 

  • Environment 

  • Food  

  • Customs 

  • Religious views etc.. 

They then can provide patients with ultimate care. Increasing the diversity of the medical workforce could improve health outcomes. When teams of healthcare professionals reflect the diversity of their patients it is easier for healthcare providers to develop cultural competency, allowing patients and providers to communicate more openly Diversity in the medical field is essential because it provides opportunities to administer quality care to patients. Study by social scientists at the University of Manchester has revealed that Britain's most ethnically diverse neighborhood is also the healthiest. Diversity in the medical field is essential because it provides opportunities to administer quality care to patients.  



Ronda Jones - Diversity and Creativity

Embracing Art in Diversity 

Diversity is a form of understanding that every individual is unique, recognizing our varied identities and differences either collectively or as an individual. It is therefore a reality created by groups and individuals from a broad range of demographic and ethical differences. As individuals, we can either be diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, culture, or national origins. Diversity embraces acceptance and respect of these uniqueness’s in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment by going past simple tolerance to celebrating and embracing the many dimensions of diversity in every individual. This then helps us know how to relate to conditions, beliefs and qualities that are not in our culture but are part other groups and individual’s lives as well as understanding that no culture is  superior to others. 

Embracing diversity, it is essential to understand that the world has billions of people from different countries and different living ways. It tells us that we have so much to learn, love, and understand. One way of embracing diversity is by willing to interact with each and everybody irrespective of their differences. This helps dispel personal prejudices and stereotypes about different groups of people. To me understanding and accepting that people can have opinions, beliefs, or religion different from yours helps you spread love and live peacefully amongst each other. Cultural Diversity allows us to recognize and respect other people’s ways of living, which helps us interact with each other and build bridges of trust and understanding (Gerity 202-206). 

 It is more likely that people from a different country or community have skills or experiences different from yours. Interacting with these diverse people helps us learn new skills, bringing about new ideas, creativity, and experiences, leading to better problem-solving. 

Conclusively, over generalizing people according to their differences should be a thing of the past. It is essential to celebrate and embrace how special and unique everyone is and learns from each other’s experiences.

What Ronda says about the submission: 

"It’s important to have a basic understanding of what these three words mean and the differences between them. Diversity is the presence of difference within a giving setting. In a case the workplace is the setting and the differences typically refer to identity like race and gender, and sometimes ethnicity, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. A person isn’t diverse. They’re unique. They can bring diversity to a group though. Diversity is about a collective or a group. Inclusion has to do with people with different identities feeling and/or being value; leveraged, and welcomed within a given setting (whether that’s a team, workplace, or industry. You can have a diverse team of talent, but that doesn’t mean they feel welcomed or valued or are given opportunities to grow. Equity is an approach that ensures everyone has access to the same opportunities. Equity recognizes that we don’t all start from the same place because advantages and barriers exist. It’s a process that acknowledges uneven starting places and seeks to correct the imbalance. Diversity and inclusion are both outcomes. Equity is not. It refers to the process an organization engages in to ensure that people with marginalized identities have the opportunity to grow, contribute."