Health Equity Track

Health and health care disparities are longstanding and persistent issues in the United States. Many groups face large disparities in health and healthcare, driven by factors rooted in historic economic, social, and racial disadvantages. A focus on achieving equity in healthcare is consistent with the Capital Area Health Consortium’s member institutions’ missions:

  • UConn Health aims to be an indispensable partner to the State in health care policy development and to make significant contributions to the improvement of the health of Connecticut citizens, particularly in underserved communities.
  • The mission of Hartford Hospital is “to improve the health and healing of the people and communities we serve.”
  • Saint Francis Hospital/Trinity New England includes commitment to those who are poor as a core value: “We stand with and serve those who are poor, especially those most vulnerable.”

We have a curriculum that focuses on Health Equity. It includes dedicated educational half-days that expand upon the introduction to health disparities that residents receive in the UConn Cultural Competence Curriculum. The social determinants of health are reviewed and reinforced. Using an integrative model, we include a discussion of related known health disparities with each didactic discussion of a disease or condition.

For residents who have an interest in exploring health disparities and equity in healthcare in a more in-depth fashion, we’ve developed a Health Equity Track.

Overview

The UConn Internal Medicine Program’s Health Equity Track is a three-year longitudinal curriculum that is incorporated into our overall residency curriculum designed specifically for residents with an interest in further exploring care of diverse populations and who envision working towards eliminating disparities in health outcomes.

Goals

  • To increase knowledge about social determinants of health and disparities in health care and explore attitudes and behaviors that promote and/or mitigate disparities.
  • To engage in scholarship related to healthcare equity.
  • To learn the relationship of health policy and community health delivery and explore opportunities to engage in health advocacy.

Track Outline

PGY1
Complete IHI Open School Courses:

  • PFC 101 – Introduction to Patient-Centered Care
  • TA 101 – Introduction to the Triple Aim for Populations
  • TA 102 – Improving Health Equity

Quarterly mentorship meetings
Contribute to weekly Health Disparities (HE) curriculum
Start PH Certificate on Social Determinants of Health and Disparities (CSDH&D) [spring]

PGY2
Continue CSDH&D Program [fall & spring]
Longitudinal experience with community partner (could be clinical, or related to policy or advocacy)
Contribute to weekly HE curriculum
Health Disparities Institute/Urban Service Track activities
Mentorship meetings
Develop Quality Improvement project based on a recognized disparities

PGY3

Complete CSDH&D Program [fall]
Longitudinal experience with community partner
Advocacy activities (Connecticut Health Foundation/CT ACP/National Physicians Alliance)
Contribute to weekly HE curriculum
Mentorship meetings
Teach/precept in Vertically Integrated Teams Aligned in Learning and Scholarship (VITALS) course
Complete/present QI work; present at Grand Rounds