Health Equity in the Community
From the historic death of George Floyd to the inequitable impact of COVID-19, 2020 has exposed and exacerbated countless inequities in the US—across lines of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age and myriad intersectionalities. It’s critical that we understand the history and practical implications of health inequities outside the walls of the clinic that show up daily in clinical care. In this activity, we examine how structural biases impact population health, and evidence-based practices to achieve anti-racism at the institutional and systems levels.
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and Optum.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, nurse practitioners, PAs and physicians who are interested in increasing their well-being and improving health care outcomes.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Define race, ethnicity and health inequities.
- Recognize history, context and mechanisms underlying health inequities.
- Discuss strategies for health care delivery with a health equity lens.
Monica Wang, ScD
Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences
Boston University School of Public Health
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Associate Director of Narrative
Boston University Center for Antiracist Research
About the presenter
Monica Wang, ScD, is an Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an Associate Director of Narrative at the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Dr. Wang is nationally recognized as a leading health equity researcher in obesity and chronic disease prevention and directs community-engaged research to target racial inequities in health, pursuing cross-sector collaborations to promote health and health equity through public health interventions and policies. Dr. Wang has generated over $4 million in federal and foundation funding for her program of research and published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and over a dozen policy and public engagement documents.
Sarah Chart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Optum. OptumHealth 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
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 live 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.
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 pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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