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FM mentor addresses diversity, equity with data

FM mentor addresses diversity, equity with data

AAFP.org, November 18, 2021

Dr. Kendall Campbell, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, has researched health equity and diversity in the health care workforce for more than a decade, publishing dozens of articles related to diversity, inclusion and equity in peer-reviewed journals. “If you can get pre-college youth in a lab, you can expose them to things that otherwise they just won’t see, and it may spark their interest to become chemists, biologists, engineers and doctors,” said Campbell. “One of the big issues for those who are underrepresented is exposure to a field. If they don’t know that field exists, they don’t know that they can be it. So having them see people who look like them doing these things opens the door to say, ‘Hey, I could do that.’”