Health Equity: A Public Health Essential


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Description: 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.

Learning Objectives:
• 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.

Competencies Addressed:
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals
• 2A1. Gathers information relevant to specific public health policy issues.
• 2B1. Analyzes information relevant to specific public health policy issues.
• 4A2. Recognizes the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of public health services.
• 5A1. Recognizes community linkages and relationships among multiple factors (or determinants) affecting health of populations.
• 5A9. Gathers input from the community to inform the development of public health policy and programs.
• 6C2. Explains lessons to be learned from prominent events in the history in comparison to the current events of the public health profession

Course Duration (Hours): 1.5 Hours