ADEA has launched a series of events aimed at developing
solutions to combat the shortage of men of color in the health professions. This call to action was issued by Dr. Karen West, ADEA’s President and CEO, in the recent ADEA HURE (historically underrepresented racial and ethnic) groups report entitled
Slow to Change: HURE
Groups in Dental Education . As Dr. West writes, “We [as a health professions community] must commit to difficult discussions regarding anti-racism and carefully review our policies, practices and related systems to develop strategies that empower students of color to make it to our door, no
less through and up the ladder.”
In support of Dr. West’s charge to increase the number of men of color in the health professions, ADEA hosted its inaugural President’s Symposium on Men of Color in the Health Professions on March 20, in concert with the 2022 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Philadelphia, which attracted
well over the expected number of attendees. Sponsored in part by the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR), symposium attendees discussed and examined best practices to aid in the cultivation of student pathways into health professions careers. Featuring keynote speaker Dr.
Freeman Hrabowski III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the symposium also aimed to identify leadership, mentoring, economic, educational and social justice solutions that empower the next generation of men of color to enter the health professions.
As the recipient of a $50,000 base grant from the RWJF in support of work to identify solutions that aid in the recruitment, matriculation, retention and graduation of HURE men in the health professions, ADEA is committed to continuing conversations around this important topic. As such, ADEA will host a Men of Color in the Health Professions Convening on August 10−11 at the ADEA offices in Washington, DC. The convening will engage academic health professions leaders and key stakeholders in developing an action plan to support of men of color entering into the health professions.
Attendees of the invitation-only meeting are expected to tackle three goals, including:
1. Create a mission statement for the collective group,
2. Develop a strategic action plan in support of men of color in the health professions, and
3. Identify three top priorities to implement by June 30, 2023.
More information about ADEA’s work on men of color in the health professions can be found on the ADEA website.
Published May 11, 2022