UCSF CME: Advancing Equity in Health Care and Beyond
The Division of General Internal Medicine at ZSFG offers an annual CME course through the UCSF Office of Continuing Medical Education.
With publicly insured and uninsured patients making up about half of all outpatient visits in the US and millions of previously uninsured patients increasing their access to health care through Medicaid expansions, becoming an expert in caring for the complex medical and social needs of patients from marginalized and under-resourced communities is crucial to every healthcare provider. Unequal and discriminatory social, economic, political, structural, geographic, and historical forces can have grave consequences for patients' health and healthcare. The health disparities resulting from these forces have motivated many of us in the healthcare community to pursue health equity, striving for the highest possible standard of health for all people by centering our work on historically marginalized and oppressed communities.
World-class experts and front-line practitioners from the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations will present contemporary approaches to care for under-resourced and historically marginalized populations. We will address issues from mitigating the unique challenges faced by our patients and addressing common conditions that disproportionately affect them to advocating for social justice and health equity and how to thrive in our work. Topics will include updates on a broad range of diseases related to structural inequity, such as HIV, diabetes, heart failure, asthma, mental illness, obesity, infectious disease, and substance use disorders. We also discuss how clinicians can address social factors - many stemming from oppression and inequitable distribution of resources -- that complicate the management of medical illness, such as homelessness, school suspension, limited health literacy, food insecurity, violence, and incarceration. Each day will also feature a nationally renowned figure who, through narrative approaches, will deliver pearls and impart wisdom and inspiration for how to stay engaged, connected, and well-grounded in this work.
Upcoming course dates: April 25th - 27th, 2024.