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It is estimated that by 2050, the majority of all Americans will belong to groups that we now call "minorities."

Today, Boston is a "majority minority" city. More than 51 percent of the city's population is made up of Latinos, Blacks and Asians and three-quarters of children are minorities.*

Boston Children's Hospital's patients, families and staff reflect this new and culturally rich reality. In 2005, 70 percent of our inpatients from the Boston metropolitan area were Black/African American, Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander. As one of the top pediatric hospitals and the leading center of pediatric medical research in the world, Children's is a beacon for families of every imaginable race, ethnicity and religion.

Honoring and recognizing diversity in our city

A commitment to honoring and recognizing diversity is a core value of the hospital and central to our continued ability to provide the best medical care to all children. As part of our commitment, Children's launched the new Diversity and Cultural Competency Council with a broader mission in July 2006. The new council is working to:

  • Provide leadership in defining the diversity and cultural competency goals for Children's
  • Oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of diversity and cultural competency initiatives
  • Report progress and outcomes to senior management and hospital personnel

Boston Children's Inpatient Breakdown (Metro Boston - 2007)


Boston's racial/ethnic composition under age 18

Children's inpatients from the Boston metropolitan area by race/ethnicity




Black/African American






Asian/Pacific Islander



Native American






Other / Unknown



* Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth and the Center for Labor Market Studies, The Changing Face of Massachusetts, June 2005.

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