142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Preparation, Pipeline, Partnerships

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stacey Brown, PhD , Community Medicine and Healthcare, UConn School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
Rasy Mar, MPH , Community Based Education, University of Connecticut School Medicine, Farmington, CT
Granville Wrensford, PhD , Office of Health Career Opportunities Program, UConn School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
Marja Hurley, MD , Office of Health Career Opportunity Programs, UConn School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
Increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of the nation’s health professions workforce has many advantages: workforce that more accurate represents US population; minority health professionals are more likely to work in medically underserved areas; and as a strategy toward eliminating healthcare disparities. The goals of this initiative, Clinical Summer Research Fellowship (CSRF) are: expose developing scientists from underrepresented communities to health disparities through clinical, community and research experiences and offer substantive products to our community partners.

Over seven weeks, CSRF introduces undergraduates to principles of clinical medicine, cultural competency, racial and ethnic health disparities and research skills. Participants shadow physicians at clinical sites located in underserved areas and work with community organizations to conduct research. Since 2008, CSRF has grown from 4 to 10 students each summer.

Evaluations consistently demonstrate students’ increased knowledge (100%), improved research skills (95%) and desire to continue addressing health disparities in their professional careers (95%). The community organizations’ assessments of the students have been extremely positive (100% requested another intern) as is their assessment of the students’ ongoing contributions (90% will continue to utilize the work completed by the student). To illustrate one digital presentation developed by CSRF students has been shown statewide as part of ACA enrollment efforts. Finally, some students continue to volunteer at these associations even after they returned to college.

As a tool to increase health disparities knowledge, enhance research skills, think critically about solutions, and offer significant contributions to the community, CSRF has been successful and can be easily replicated.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Explain three benefits of working with students from underrepresented populations in the health professions workforce. Design a curriculum that increases raised awareness, knowledge and skills related to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities. Describe strategies to creating mutually beneficial partnerships with local community organizations.

Keyword(s): Health Disparities/Inequities, Public Health Curricula & Competencies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My training, research and curriculum development involve: social stratification, racial and ethnic health disparities, LGBT health and mothering. My research explores the impact of structural inequality on the mental and physical health of marginalized groups. I am responsible for developing and implementing curricula for medical, public health and sociology students as well as faculty and community trainings for patients. Trainings include but are not limited to: cultural competency, language access, medical interpretation, and patient advocacy.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.