Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health
An ad hoc committee under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine will conduct a study to explore how the education of health professionals is currently addressing the social determinants of health in and with communities. Based on these findings, the committee will develop a framework for how the education of health professionals for better understanding the social determinants of health could be strengthened across the learning continuum.
The committee can consider a variety of perspectives--that could include partnerships, finances and sustainability, experiential learning, continuous professional development, faculty development, policies, systems, and/or health literacy--in preparation of a brief report containing recommendations on how to strengthen health professional education in and with vulnerable communities by addressing the social determinants of health.
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The committee held an open session meeting on September 15, 2015. Click here to view the webcast videos and PowerPoint presentations from the open session meeting.
A dissemination event for the report was held on March 9, 2016. Click here to view the webcast videos and PowerPoint presentations from the open session meeting.
The Institute of Medicine Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education selected Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health as a topic to be addressed in this fast-track study. The activity is run through the Board on Global Health. The recommendations of the study will inform the work of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education.
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