Hochul working to bring more diversity to medical profession

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Gov. Hochul is ramping up the state’s commitment to bring more diversity into medicine.

Now a total of more than $2.4 million will go to programs to encourage traditionally unrepresented students into the physician workforce – doubling last year’s funding.

Hochul says more than 30% of the state’s population is Black or Hispanic, and only 12% of physicians represent those demographics.

Hochul’s office says research shows patients seeing doctors from their own health backgrounds have better outcomes.