Healthcare in our nation is drastically changing and with the new healthcare reform legislation on its way, many more people will be insured and needing more medical attention. As it stands, the ratio of primary care physicians to the population of the Inland Empire is about 40:100,00, which is far below the nation’s average of about 65 to 80 per 100,000.
In the Inland Empire, Hispanics comprise about 45% of the population, and is projected to rise to 49% by 2020, but only 12% of registered nurses (RNs), the largest healthcare occupation in the region, are of Hispanic origin.
This is one reason why we are having the conference at Cal State San Bernardino. With it’s outstanding nursing program, CSUSB has shown it’s dedication to promoting healthcare careers in the Inland Empire.