Health Equity Series - Coming Soon!

Health Equity Series from GW Health Sciences

GW Health Sciences’ core purpose is to drive innovation and quality through education, scholarship, and service. That mission includes a focus to develop competencies for all learners in healthcare quality and health equity, fitting within a broader GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences 2019-2023 strategic community goal to be nationally recognized for a measurable commitment to health equity. To this end, The Department of Clinical Research and Leadership sponsored a five-month series from September 2019 to January 2020 to facilitate a shared understanding of health equity and its use as a lens for teaching, practicing, and service.

The series covers the following topics:

  • Defining health equity
  • Social determinants of health
  • Recognizing vulnerable and socially disadvantaged U.S. populations
  • Contemporary challenges to health equity
  • Workforce equity
  • Locating health equity data sources
  • Cultural humility
  • Facilitating difficult discussions
  • Root causes of health disparities
  • Leveraging community assets through partnerships

Learning Objectives

After finishing the five-part series, you should be able to:

  • recognize the importance of teaching about the social, environmental, and structural factors that threaten health equity
  • create inclusive climates, policies, and practices to address the challenges of health equity
  • seek out equitable and sustainable institutional and community partnerships to advance health equity
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Maranda C. Ward, EdD, MPH
Assistant Professor, GW SMHS Department of Clinical Research and Leadership

Abby Charles, MPH
Senior Program Manager, Institute for Public Health Innovation

Karey M. Sutton, PhD
Director, Health Equity Research Workforce
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Howard Straker, EdD, MPH, PA
Assistant Professor, GW SMHS
Director, GW PA/MPH Program

Susan LeLacheur, DrPH, PA-C
Professor, GW SMHS
Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Yolanda A. Lewis-Ragland, MD
Children’s Health Center at THEARC; Clinical Pediatrician and Bariatrician
GW School of Health Sciences; Assistant Professor
Bridging The Gap Services, Medical Director

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