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Culture, Health, Equity, and Society Thread

CHES Overview & Goals


Overview

Based on the recommendations of the Disparities Task Force, the Culturally Effective Medicine (CEM) and Medicine and Society (M&S) threads were merged to create the Culture, Health, Equity, and Society (CHES) Thread. Paritosh Kaul and Rita Lee were named as CHES Thread co-directors.

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Culture, Health, Equity, and Society Goals (PDF with Objectives​

At the completion of the Culture, Health, Equity, and Society (CHES) course, graduates will be able to:

  • Define cultural diversity including language, sexual identity, age, race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomics, and education--and their implications in healthcare.
  • Employ self-reflection to understand their own cultural beliefs and practices--and their implications in healthcare.
  • Conduct culturally appropriate risk and asset assessment, management, and communication with patients and populations.
  • Integrate cultural perspectives of patient, family, and community in development treatment/interventions.
  • Describe the personal, social, economic, and environmental factors (determinants of health) that influence health
  • Describe the components of healthcare systems including regulatory agencies, payment models, and models of care organization
  • Describe how the determinants of health and healthcare systems impact health outcomes
  • Summarize how healthcare regulations, payment models, and care organization structures impact healthcare cost
  • Summarize how healthcare regulations, payment models, and care organization structures impact healthcare quality
  • Apply their knowledge of culture, healthcare systems, and determinants of health to advocate for their patients and populations
  • Identify individual and system level opportunities to improve outcomes, minimize harms, and reduce healthcare waste (e.g. high value care, population health)