Introduction to Health Equity: Implications for Health and Human Service Professionals

James L. Mason, PhD

This course explores health equity with a focus on health educators and practitioners. Health
equity is ensuring everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
However, several factors contribute to a person’s health access, status, and outcome.
These factors are often referred to as health determinants, or more recently social
determinants of health (SDOH). What makes health equity even more challenging is its
focus on fairness. Equity recognizes that the one size fits all or equality approach may
be an impediment to tailoring care to client and community context. 

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to: 

1.    Explain how cultural competence (and related models), health equity, DEI workforce and its pursuit benefits multiple stakeholders (e.g., clients, communities, funders, payors) and is ultimately in the provider’s best interest.

2.    Discern between- and within-group differences and the extent to which the impact of health determinants (SDOH) can vary by group and subgroup.

3.    Identify prospective areas and strategies to promote health equity.

4.  Explore resources and techniques for ongoing professional and organizational DEI development.

2 Credits OHA-Approved Cultural Competence Continuing Education Training

Course Curriculum

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