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Why is workforce diversity important in HCOs? Why are some ethnic groups and women underrepresented in higher-paying positions? What are the steps that can improve diversity? Workforce diversity is important in HCOs because it promotes social justice and helps foster a positive image for the organization. Many patients seek healthcare services from people who represent the same social or cultural group. Additionally, diversity in HCOs helps to ensure that the makeup of the staff represents that of the community. Staff will have the opportunity to learn from co-workers about other cultural or social groups and will be able to apply what they learn when treating patients in those groups. In addition to a diverse workforce, HCOs should also provide training on cultural diversity to ensure their staff is sensitive to the cultural needs of their patients. Diversity in the workforce also will allow greater
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