Applying Health Equity to the Classroom: Using the IOM Report on Social Determinants of Health to Teach Professionals


The US Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2016 report urges educators to incorporate the social determinants of health into training the US health workforce at every level: clinicians, administrators, educators, researchers, and policy makers. The IOM study on a framework to support teaching health professionals about social determinants of health was commissioned because “[e]ducating health professionals about the social determinants of health generates awareness of the potential root causes of ill health and the importance of addressing them in and with communities. … [leading] to more effective strategies for improving health and health care for underserved populations.” (pp. 1-2) Taking into account the social determinants of health improves our service and helps us achieve equity at a population level. This session we help educators in nursing and other professions answer that call.We will:--Review the evidence for the influence of the social determinants on health equity.--Present IOM frameworks for understanding and addressing the social determinants of health in educational settings.--Apply educational tools, frameworks, and resources for teaching clinical care using the social determinants of health.--Level approaches to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education curricula.

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Victoria Baker, Frontier Nursing University, United States

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Conference: IICEHawaii2018
Stream: Education, Sustainability & Society: Social Justice, Development & Political Movements

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