What is it about?

Diversity in healthcare institutions has been shown to improve healthcare provision for minorities. However, it is unclear whether such diversity shapes majority group members' attitudes towards minorities. This paper demonstrates that diversity in health care institutions facilitates positive intergroup contact between Jewish Israeli patients and Arab doctors. In turn, this contact reduces Jewish Israeli Patients' prejudice towards Arabs.

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Why is it important?

These findings of this paper emphasize how the demographic makeup of public institutions and specifically, institutions providing health care can affect mass attitudes, even in a context of intractable conflict.


I hope this article encourages scholars and practitioners to think about how public institutions can impact the nature of intergroup relations in divided societies.

Chagai Weiss
University of Wisconsin Madison

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This page is a summary of: Diversity in health care institutions reduces Israeli patients’ prejudice toward Arabs, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, March 2021, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2022634118.
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