“Creating a more Diverse and Equitable Workforce,” a breakout session at the 2022 NCIOM Annual Meeting, highlighted the importance of workforce diversity, as well as promising practices currently being implemented to advance the diversification of North Carolina’s health care workforce. The panel was moderated by NCIOM Project Director Khristian Curry. Panelists included:
The panel discussion explored ideas related to the social and economic advantages of prioritizing workforce diversity, developing inclusive work environments that support the health and well-being of the workforce, and pathway development. Panelists drew from their own experiences and shared strategies and current practices. Highlights from the discussion included:
Panelists shared recruitment and retention strategies that educators and employers can implement to advance workforce diversity. Examples of these practices include adopting staffing models that allow staff to be paid a livable wage, offering wellness programs, workplace training, transparency and shared decision-making in policy, diversifying recruitment teams, and simplifying recruitment processes.
This panel discussion explored topics closely related to the article “Developing Health Care Faculty to Address the Needs of North Carolina’s Diverse Populations,” featured in the November/December 2022 issue of The North Carolina Medical Journal.