How healthy we are when we are born, how likely we are to get sick as we age, and how long we can expect to live are all determined to a surprising extent by our place in society. Disparities in health among income, racial, and ethnic groups in the U.S. are significant and, by many measures, expanding. This course serves as a primer for illustrating the root causes that shape health and health disparities. In addition to describing the complex interplay of social conditions associated with health disparities, it also provides a framework for exploring public and community health frameworks for addressing health equity.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- Describe terms related to health equity.
- Identify how historically major advances in health status resulted from broad-based social reforms.
- Identify the health outcomes of affected populations.
- Describe the social determinants of health and how they contribute to health disparities and inequities.
- Describe the Healthy People 2020 approaches to address health inequity.
- Illustrate the role of the public health workforce in addressing health inequity.
- Describe evidenced-based approaches to addressing health equity
Sponsor: Empire State Public Health Training Center
Media: Web-based self-study
Year Launched: 2012
Council on Linkages Core Competencies 2014: 2A6, 2B6, 4A3, 5A2, 5A7, 6C2
Council on Linkages Core Competencies 2014: 2A1, 2B1, 4A2, 5A1, 5A9, 6C2
Estimated Time to Complete: 1.5 hours
Certificate of Completion: Yes