EP: 6 – Why Inclusive Growth Matters in Healthcare with Jeff Oxendine

“Create an environment where various sets 
of strengths are welcome.”
Pam Baker (17:04-17:29)

Effective health systems can make a substantive contribution to economic performance. They enable economic growth to be more sustainable and inclusive. In this week's episode, Pam Baker and Cindy Hunt, together with their special guest Jeff Oxendine talk about the reason why inclusive growth matters in healthcare.

Jeff Oxendine spent decades in different parts of the healthcare space. He leads a non-profit called health career connections to support underprivileged youth and finding their way to health careers, in partnership with the state government and private industry.

Part One of ‘Why Inclusive Growth Matters
in Healthcare with Jeff Oxendine’

There is a wide range of healthcare professions. They offer rewarding opportunities. It's possible to discover and achieve your ideal health career by identifying what suits your unique talents. Think of your passions, your values, and your experiences. Think of what you're good at, what you enjoy doing and matching that to what the world needs.

“The best way to assess yourself for a healthcare profession 
is to match everything you have with what the world needs.”
– Jeff Oxendine (18:25-19:04)

You can create a positive contribution to society using the set of strengths you have. And if you're interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare industry, always put your best foot forward. Don't let the challenging courses get in the way of your goals. This world needs a healthcare environment that welcomes different sets of strengths people can bring to the table. It's more likely to create a better outcome. That's why it's no secret that you're going to have to do things differently to support the needs of the current population as the demographics change.

There are specific skills required to be successful in clinical professions. But there are many organizations today coming up with strong academic support for high school and college students to be able to get more exposure to what the wide range of health career options are, what kind of skills are needed, and how to pursue them more effectively. With the right support or mentorship, you can identify what you want to do, be resilient with the pre-health coursework, and succeed in the healthcare role you are aiming for.

Part Two ‘‘Why Inclusive Growth Matters
in Healthcare with Jeff Oxendine’

The highest priorities for the future health workforce fall into three primary categories. First, they are professionals in primary care and prevention. That ranges from not only people who are physicians focusing on primary care and prevention but also all members of a primary care team. That includes nurses, social workers, medical assistants, nutritionists, and all different types of people. Second, behavioral health, including mental health. Third, care and healthy aging for older adults.

“Healthcare workers need to be resilient
to cope with difficult situations.”  
- Jeff Oxendine (20:08-20:37)

Many healthcare workers go through difficulties on a day to day basis. It's a fulfilling role but requires resilience. And to ensure that everyone is contributing as much as they can, more opportunities for training and gaining the right skills are imperative. This includes understanding the determinants that impact the health of our population. It is sometimes called the social determinants of health in addition to the medical aspects that impact health.

Health systems around the world not only treat the sick and prevent future illness, but they also make an impact on the country's economy too. Good health condition enables everyone to function well whether it's in the campus or business settings. This strengthens economic performance, and also makes economic growth more sustainable and inclusive.

How to Get Involved:
Today's workplace is filled with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills. This can catapult creative problem solving but result in communication challenges and conflict that derail a company's fast-paced progress.

Adaptive communication enables people to understand one another and quickly resolve conflict —regardless of background, demographics, age, or educational level. Employees gain the tools to lead innovation, generate support for ideas, and reduce communication breakdowns.

Want to increase your organization's productivity, increase collaboration, and communicate so your message is heard? Let's book a time to talk.


Learn More About Jeff Oxendine ...
Jeffrey Oxendine, MBA, MPH has been a health executive, educator, consultant and author for over 35 years. Jeff is currently a California leader in health workforce and diversity, the CEO of Health Career Connection, a healthcare consultant and Director of Health Workforce and Diversity at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

He is also Co-Director of the California Health Professions Consortium, a statewide coalition of over 150 organizations working to strengthen diversity and the health professions pipeline.

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