Healthcare professionals who enter service in low-resource communities often discover that their education poorly prepared them to work effectively because:
Surgeon Steve Duncan
arriving in Angola, Africa
The purpose of this course is to equip healthcare professionals with the unique knowledge necessary to serve successfully in low-resource communities. This course will address five particular bodies of knowledge:
- Health challenges are distinct. Malnutrition, unique injuries, and certain infectious diseases are common in low-resource communities, but rare in wealthier ones.
- Healthcare resources are minimal. Safe drinking water and adequate housing, let alone diagnostic technologies and specialty consultation, is rarely available in low-resource communities.
- Cultural context is challenging. Success in promoting health and combating disease requires an intimate understanding of human behavior, which often contrasts sharply from one community to another.
- Leadership skills are underdeveloped. Effective health intervention requires attention community-wide needs and resources, team building, and strategic planning - concepts infrequently addressed in education of healthcare professionals.
- Living and serving within low-resource communities demands unique personal skills.
- Determinants of Health - Those factors that most significantly impact health in low-resource communities
- Diseases of Poverty - The health conditions most frequently encountered in low-income communities
- Cross-cultural Competence in Health Care - Those skills necessary to effectively promote health in a new cultural context
- Health Leadership - How health care professionals can work in cooperation with communities to design and lead effective health systems
- Personal Skills For Cross-Cultural Living - Covering cultural adaptation, physical health, personal relationships and financial skills connected with service in low-resource communities
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