Region V Public Health Training Center

Population Health and Health Equity

This is an all levels course offering CME and CPH — Free
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2.50 hours


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A physician, nurse, or other health professional's potential role in patient health does not stop at the clinic doors. Appreciating the impact of social and environmental conditions on health can create physician advocates and elevate the care provided in clinical settings. In four modules featuring academic and practice-based experts, this course introduces key concepts, strategies, and resources for learners to consider and apply in their own practice to improve the health of their communities.

Reviewers say, "The training is very informative and helpful for the target audience."

What You'll Learn

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of public health.
  • Identify how the health care system influences health equity, including insurance coverage.
  • Recognize the importance of and opportunities for collaboration in population health.
  • Describe the concept of the social determinants of health.
  • Discuss how ‘place’ impacts population and patient health outcomes.
  • Identify types of information about a community that can inform a physician’s practice.
  • Consider the role of physicians as change agents.
  • Describe at least one framework for cultural competence.
  • Identify at least one interpersonal level strategy for health equity.
  • Identify potential roles for physicians in health policy and advocacy work.
  • Recognize opportunities to influence organizational and community policy to promote population health and health equity.

Competency Terms

Community Health Assessment
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Community Health Improvement Planning
Cultural Competency Skills
Population Diversity
Cultural Influence on Policies, Programs, & Services
Policy, Program, & Service Impacts
Partner Collaboration
Advocacy for Public Health

Related Occupations

Behavioral Health Professional
Community Health Worker
Health Educator
Health Officer
Home Health Worker
Other - Schools
Other Oral Health Professional
Other Physician
Other Registered Nurse-Clinical Services
Physician Assistant
Program Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Dentist
Public Health Manager/Program Manager
Public Health/Preventative Medicine Physician
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Social Services Counselor
Social Worker
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems
Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
Investigate health problems, including environmental health
Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems
Link clients to needed personal health services and ensure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
Perform health or environmental screenings