As someone conducting research on diversity in healthcare, the cover story on the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare naturally caught my interest (Sustainable diversity, April 7, p. 6). With the changing demographics of our nationthe U.S. is projected to be half minority by 2050you are right to remind your readers of the importance of diversity and the particular problem of the lack of diversity in healthcare leadership.
I totally agree with reporter Barbara Kirchheimer about the cultural sense of inclusion. As she notes, leadership in a business should be reflective of the community being served. This is important because it can increase the patients trust in the organization and enhance the competitive advantage. Also, patients would feel more comfortable seeking care in an inclusive institution.
I also agree that some organizations are doing an excellent job at diversifying staff and leadership, but many organizations continue to be challenged in this arena. Even though diversity programs are initiated to recruit minorities in organizations, not enough is done to make the workplace truly welcoming to them.
I would like to thank you for showcasing and recognizing this years top minority executives. As a future leader, reading about the accomplishments of the best is truly inspiring.
Karen ColemanGraduate student Holy Names University Oakland, Calif.