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Primary Care Training Enhancement

Health Disparities Modules Outline

Introduction to Health Disparities

In this session, information is provided about health and health care disparities and the role they play in influencing health outcomes. The social determinants of health are described. Data is presented that displays how health and health care disparities directly impact society. 

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Horatio Alger and Wheels of Misfortune exercise

The Horatio Alger Activity physically and visually illustrates the often invisible presence of oppression and privilege in our lives. The activity is used to demonstrate differences within a group that otherwise have a common characteristic (ie health professionals, medical students, etc). Using statements from the Horatio Alger Activity (provided by instructors), a Population Health Application Exercise and discussion follows to examine how social determinants, oppression and privilege lead to health disparities.

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Introduction to Narrative Medicine

This session introduces the concept of Narrative Medicine, as historically situated in American society (engel et al, 2008).  The Narrative Competence Approach is defined, features of narratives, and Narrative Skill Sets to practice during the session. These are foundational to build on in future sessions. Case narratives are used to practice the Narrative Approach and Narrative Skill Sets, while examining the presence of health and health care disparities in case narratives. 

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Gaps in Care

This session discusses social determinants of health and how they relate to gaps in care of individuals, aggregates and populations. The content focuses on recognition of social determinants of health through sharing narratives. Participants will be introduced to a Social Determinants of Health Framework.

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Health Disparities in the US: Historical Foundations and Current Conditions

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Refugee Health

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Supplemental Resources on Health Disparities

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