January 17 2017

Sacramento Bee – Where are California’s Latino doctors? New programs try to grow next generation

Photo by Sacramento Bee.
Photo by Sacramento Bee.
…In California, just 6 percent of doctors identify as Latino, compared with almost 40 percent of all state residents. Latinos were underrepresented among doctors in every California county, according to a Sacramento Bee analysis of data from the California Medical Board. About 29 percent of Californians speak Spanish at home, but less than 20 percent of the state’s physicians speak the language, according to the Latino Physicians of California report. Black physicians are also in short supply in most counties, although some counties have relatively few black residents…

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