Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO)

Study: Well-Being of Women Physicians of Color (November 2021)

Generously funded by The Physicians Foundation; Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) has developed new research that focuses on reducing burnout, improving career satisfaction, bolstering mental health and establishing equity for women physicians of color.

The study surveyed over 800 women physicians of color practicing in California and focus grouped over 20 physicians in various regions with the aim to shed light on potential organizational changes that could improve burnout, career and mental health outcomes among women physicians of color, particularly as they related to work and family settings.

The findings point to the need for greater investment in developing programmatic and policy solutions that effectively drive systemic changes encompassing both physician well-being and equity. This will take regular monitoring, tracking, and accountability on the part of health care organization leaders to produce change. Only then can those issues stemming from workplace and family stress, as wellas racism and sexism in medicine, yield meaningful, long-lasting, positive changes in physician well-being that will save lives.

Annual NEPO Summit

PHC hosts the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations' (NEPO) annual summit (NEPO Summit), which is an innovative educational event for physicians, public health professionals, advocates and community leaders that offers policy and best practices for reducing health disparities, building diversity in the workforce and increasing cultural competency in clinical care.