Health Disparities and Literacy for Future Health Care Providers

Submitted by Kelleen Maluski on November 3rd, 2021
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Short Description: 

This lesson was given to a health career academy that consists of high school and undergraduate students. The students have a strong interest in careers in the health sciences but have yet to start their education through health sciences programs. The point of the session was to understand how disparities and health literacy intersect and will be important factors in the work they do as learners and providers and to empower the students to use their cultural wealth and voices to make change. I am attaching the slides with notes (which acted as my lesson plan for this session). The slides were originally animated.  I am including a PDF with the notes. Unfortunately I am not able to load a Power Point due to size, but feel free to reach out if you need an editable file. 

Learning Outcomes: 

Learners will be able to explain what health disparities are and how they are a part of a system of discrimination, colonization, and white supremacy. Learners will be able to explain what health literacy is and how understanding it will make them better providers. Learners will begin to think about their role and the health sciences profession's role in restructuring the systems of oppression.

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Suggested Citation: 
Maluski, Kelleen. "Health Disparities and Literacy for Future Health Care Providers." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2021.


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