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NATCON | Health Inequity: Causes and Possible Solutions

[1 credit hour]
This course is available for physician, dentist, physician assistant, nurse practitioner continuing education. A general attendance certificate is also available.

Original Release: Date 5/1/20
Termination Date: 4/30/23

It is well documented that zip code has a larger impact on health in the United States than genetic code. Poverty, poor education, minority ethnicity, urban and rural residency and other social factors have a dramatically negative impact on health. Published information on the association between social disadvantage and poor health outcomes will be presented followed by a discussion of physicians' and other health professionals' roles in providing leadership to address these social determinants of health as causes of health inequity, health disparities and poor health outcomes.


  • Use the social determinants of health in caring for patients at social disadvantage.
  • Classify social disadvantage as a factor that impacts the health of patients and patient populations and in developing strategies and policies to enable all patients to experience optimal health.
  • Classify social determinants as factors that impact the health of patients and patient populations and to develop strategies and policies to address these issues with patients, families and communities.