Health Care Careers for DHH Community

Charge to the Task Force on Health Care Careers for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community

Our country has just completed a successful effort to broaden and reform our national health care system.

One of the major challenges now facing us in fulfilling the demands of this recently passed legislation is the critical shortage of health care specialists at all levels of training to care for the citizens of our nation.

This challenge coincides with another, much lesser known serious challenge; the limited opportunities for qualified deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in this country to pursue careers in health care. Factors underlying this problem include:

  • Limited educational opportunities,
  • Widely held perceptions among the general population that health care careers are not appropriate for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, and
  • An insufficient number of deaf and hard-of-hearing health care professionals currently “at the table as insiders” to advocate for the needs and promise of people with hearing loss.

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