Professional Certificate Course in Healthcare for Marginalized Americans

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Many people live on the margins of United States society due to race, language, ethnicity, income, immigration status, and more. The United States is distinct from other developed countries in that there is no single national health care system that provides access for all of its inhabitants. Also notable in the US is the relative lack of attention to social needs that are so vital to health. As a result, marginalized people are frequently unable to access essential health care. This course explores the complex patchwork of ingredients which comprise United States health care systems, with special attention its deficiencies for marginalized people. The profound impact of social determinants of health are examined. Health resources are evaluated. Obstacles to care are identified, along with “work around” solutions commonly used by marginalized people. Existing and potential solutions to the healthcare dilemma for US marginalized people are explored. Course participants are challenged to advocate for a more equitable US health care system.

 

This is a comprehensive course made up of 8 weeks of structured learning. It is built around the required textbooks “The American Healthcare Paradox,” by Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor, and “Health Care Off the Books,” by Danielle T. Raudenbush, available through amazon.com.

 

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