Diversity in health care remains a problem. Northeastern’s partnership with a historically Black university in Charlotte aims to fix that.

A new partnership between Northeastern’s campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Johnson C. Smith University, the city’s only historically Black university, aims to address a significant challenge in the health-care system nationwide: a lack of diversity.

Finalized in December, the partnership creates opportunities for JCSU students to get their foundational pre-health education at JCSU before transitioning into Northeastern’s accelerated bachelor’s of nursing program, master’s of public health or master’s applied behavioral analysis programs.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, lack of diversity is an issue in nursing and health care more generally. Northeastern University, through a partnership with Charlotte-based historically Black university Johnson C. Smith University, hopes create a pipeline of more diverse talent. Photo by Getty Images

By combining the strengths of both institutions, the hope is to create a better pipeline of diverse talent in nursing, specifically, and health care in general.

“Nursing outcomes and patient outcomes show that having a workforce that reflects the patient population is conducive to better outcomes and better trust within the health-care space,” says Angela Hosking, CEO and regional dean of Northeastern’s Charlotte campus. “We thought a comprehensive partnership agreement between us and Johnson C. Smith made beautiful sense.”

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