Diversity, Disparity and Health Care Teams
The year 2020 has laid bare a growing number of issues of diversity and disparity in public health. In the United States, communities of color are rocked disproportionately in health outcomes from COVID-19. From her viewpoint on the frontline, Dr. Rodgers, Vice Chancellor of Interprofessional programs and the Director of the Rutgers University Urban Health and Wellness Institute, will explore the root causes in the context of long-standing history of disparities by race/ethnicity. These disparities will be examined in the context of a country, and many health care settings, that are becoming increasingly diverse and what that will mean for our future. Her questions to us include: What does this stark reality mean for the composition of health care teams? And, how does COVID-19 impact the health outcomes among diverse members of our own health care teams?
At the end of this presentation attendees will be able to:
- Describe disparities in health outcomes associated with COVID-19 in African American, Hispanic, Native American and other communities of color in the United States.
- Discuss disparities in health outcomes for African Americans for most major causes of death in the US when compared to whites.
- Explain the impact of increasing diversity on the functioning of health care teams.
- Understand the role of social determinants of health as contributors to poor health outcomes.
Christine Arenson, MD
Co-Director, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is 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 healthcare team.
As a Jointly Accredited Provider, the National Center 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. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
- Physicians: This activity will be designated for CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM through ACCME.
- Physician Assistants: NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.
- Nurses: This activity will be designated for CNE nursing contact hours through ANCC.
- Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity will be designated for CPE contact hours (CEUs) through ACPE.
- Social Workers: This activity will be designated for social work continuing education credits through ASWB.
- All health professionals: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.