Healthcare for Marginalized Americans
August 13th, 2021 by INMED
Mother and children during the Great Depression. Elm Grove, Oklahoma, USA.
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 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.
Beginning Monday, Aug 16, INMED is offering the Healthcare for Marginalized Americans Course. 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.
Healthcare for Marginalized Americans is taught by Dr. Fred Loper of Good Shepherd Ministries Medical Clinic in Oklahoma City. This graduate-level course includes 8 weeks of structured learning, and weekly virtual class with the faculty. This course is open to all healthcare professionals and healthcare profession students, and is especially appropriate for public health personnel, public leaders and policymakers, social workers, and those providing primary health care.