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While the population of Oregon continues to become more diverse, Oregon’s health care workforce lags behind in racial and ethnic diversity. Below are some articles and studies about the positive impact of increasing diversity within organizations and institutions.


Online Public Health Programs in Oregon

In 2016, a United Health Foundation study found that Oregon ranked 21st out of all 50 states in terms of population health. As such, ample opportunities exist for students who aspire to enter the public health field. Oregon State University—one of the state’s two flagship universities—operates the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, which includes both undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, Oregon Health and Sciences University and Portland State University have joined forces to operate their own OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. After completing their education, Oregon students can find plenty of opportunities in the public health field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 11.2% growth rate in health education positions in Oregon over the next three years. Increasing educational and professional opportunities make it an ideal time to consider public health programs in Oregon.

The Diversity of Oregon's Health Care Workforce (PDF)
This report provides a snapshot of the state’s health care workforce diversity using data collected by the Oregon Health Authority in collaboration with seven health professional licensing boards. All data are self-reported at the time of the license renewal and do not capture all active licensees in the State... Read More →

Does Diversity Actually Increase Creativity (PDF)
Setting aside social, political, and moral reasons for encouraging a more diverse workplace, there is arguably no better incentive for promoting diversity than the premise that diverse teams and organizations are more creative. But is there actually any evidence in support of this idea? And if there is, do the potential gains in creativity produced by diversity come at the expense of interpersonal harmony and team cohesion? Here are seven findings from science... Read More →

How and Where Diversity Drives Financial Performance (PDF)
Diversity is both an issue of fairness and, some say, a driver of innovation and performance. To assess the latter claim, we undertook a large, cross-country study into the relationship between multiple aspects of managerial diversity, the presence of enabling conditions such as leadership support for diversity, and innovation outcomes... Read More →

How Diversity Can Drive Innovation (PDF)
Most managers accept that employers benefit from a diverse workforce, but the notion can be hard to prove or quantify, especially when it comes to measuring how diversity affects a firm’s ability to innovate... Read More →

The Right Way to Measure Executive Diversity (PDF)
Having spent the last five years of my career working hand in hand with many of the world’s most well-known companies on efforts to advance women and diverse professionals into leadership roles, I read with interest the recent study and blog post by my esteemed colleague Avivah Wittenberg-Cox. Avivah has undertaken an ambitious scorecard to measure the progress of women into corporate leadership around the world. Unfortunately, her approach, which has become typical of approaches to measuring progress on diversity, misses meaningful and important dimensions of the path to progress... Read More →

What 11 CEOs Have Learned About Championing Diversity (PDF)
The business case for diversity is clear. Diversity can boost innovation and employee engagement, and companies with greater gender and racial diversity financially outperform their peers. Yet progress within organizations has been slow – there is still a lack of women and minorities in leadership positions, and certain industries like tech and finance are lacking diversity at all levels. And many diversity programs fail... Read More →

Why Your Diversity Program May Be Helping Women but Not Other Minorities (or Vice Versa) (PDF)
When it comes to issues of race, gender, and diversity in organizations, researchers have revealed the problems in ever more detail. We have found a lot less to say about what does work — what organizations can do to create the conditions in which stigmatized groups can reach their potential and succeed... Read More →