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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.

This online educational course does not require any additional software to participate in this self-instructional format other than having an account set up with the CMDA Learning Center.