Health Equity Foundations
Health equity is achieved when every person, regardless of race, place or circumstance, has the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Some of the known barriers to health equity are referred to as social determinants of health (SDoH) and are determined by the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, play and age.
These barriers, driven by structural racism, discrimination and stigma, include poverty and the lack of access to quality education, housing, good jobs and comprehensive, high-quality health care. Communities that are overwhelmingly impacted by these obstacles are underserved, including communities of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, women and those who live in rural settings.
This activity will define health equity; distinguish between equity, equality and justice; discuss health equity and inequities; and identify individual strategies to promote health equity.
This activity is provided by Optum Health Education, UnitedHealthcare Community & State and UnitedHealth Group.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers and other health care professionals who have an interest in learning about health equity.
At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the intersections between diversity, equity and inclusion and health equity.
- Discuss the differences between equity, equality, and justice.
- List factors that contribute to health inequities and disparities.
- Define cultural humility and cultural responsiveness and delineate how these actions can impact health inequities.
- Discuss how culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) can help in treating others more equitably.
- List different types of biases and how they impact interactions with others.
- Identify individual strategies to promote health equity.
Abiola Abu-Bakr, DNP, MPH, RN, PHN
Director of Health Equity
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Minnesota
Alisha Brown, MPH
Health Equity Director
UnitedHealthcare Community & State Ohio
U. Michael Currie
Chief Health Equity Officer
Kerianne Guth, MSW
Clinical Strategy Director, General Adult & Care Management Strategy
UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Tom Tracy, LCSW
Senior Director Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders / Child & Adolescent / Adult Clinical Strategies
Community & State National Clinical Strategy Team
UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
Instructional Design Consultant, Community & State Adherence, Learning, and Development
UnitedHealthcare Community and State
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education, UnitedHealthcare Community & State and UnitedHealth Group. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Completion of this RD/DTR profession-specific or IPCE activity awards CPEUs (One IPCE credit=One CPEU).
If the activity is dietetics-related but not targeted to RDs or DTRs, CPEUs may be claimed which are commensurate with participation in contact hours (One 60 minute hour=1 CPEU).
RD's and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Performance indicator selection is at the learner's discretion.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 COPE credit hours. Optometrists should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-22-169-H04-P/T
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 enduring continuing education credits.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 AAFP - Family Physicians
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
- 1.00 CDR - Dietitians
- 1.00 COPE - Optometrists
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