St. Thomas Magazine_Spring 2022

A PLAN TO ACHIEVE HEALTH EQUITY “Our School of Nursing has very distinct goals around closing health equity gaps,“ St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan said. “We are dedicated to increasing access to culturally responsive care, with a goal of enrolling at least 30% students of color and students from other underrepresented backgrounds.“

Men as well as African Americans and people who are Latinx are greatly underrepresented as registered nurses (RNs) when compared to the general population, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.While there is less of a gap for Asian Americans locally in Minnesota, the numbers are still concerning given the growing demographic, according to Minnesota Board of Nursing data. A diverse nursing workforce is essential for progress toward achieving health equity in the U.S. Studies show that when nurses reflect the patient demographic, communication is enhanced, patient satisfaction increases, and outcomes improve.

From left to right: Raney Linck, Berline Pierre-Louis, Martha Scheckel, Anna Kam, Heather Anderson.

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