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