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We want young people to know that the healthcare system needs them—people who look like them, who have their cultural perspective and intercultural intelligence.

Beatrice Lee

Executive Director
Diversity in Health Training Institute
(an ACHPP Partner Organization)

The healthcare system needs to reflect the diversity of our communities. We want young people to know that the healthcare system needs them—people who look like them, who have their cultural perspective and intercultural intelligence.

Alameda County is very diverse; about every three people here are foreign born, and over 43 percent speak a language other than English. If we don’t train a diverse workforce to better serve all, and remove barriers for immigrants and young people to enter these professions, we’ll see a decline in population health and increased healthcare costs.

The Pathways tackle these issues on a systems level, with a unified voice.

Diversity in Health Training Institute is focused on social justice and advocating for vulnerable, underserved, and immigrant populations. We received a best practices mini-grant from ACHPP that enabled us to begin working with youth and to develop a toolkit about how to interact with immigrant populations.

Through the Pathways, we are helping immigrant health professionals continue their careers, and guiding young people to careers where they can improve health and wellness for themselves, their families, and their communities.