This course will identify institutional factors that contribute to racial disparities in health care. It will analyze patterns and practices throughout the health care system that contribute to unequal resources, health opportunities, and power, which in turn cause harm to patients of color and their communities.
The course will also examine how the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to further entrench racism in health care. Different health care industries are attempting to use the pandemic to increase profits to the detriment of racial justice. At the same time, there has been a dangerous revival of pharmaceutical and biotech research that substitutes race for other, as yet unidentified causal pathways. Even as Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people are contracting and dying of Covid-19 at alarming rates, insurance companies have made record profits as non-Covid related services have declined, and hospital systems remain unaccountable for facility closures in communities with the highest health needs.
The course will conclude with a discussion of the ways that Medicare for All would redress structural racial disparities in health care as well as how equality in health care is central to the broader fight for racial justice.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Define institutionalized racism
- Identify how racism has been historically institutionalized across the health care system and how this relates to structural racism in the wider economy
- Explain how the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to further entrench racism in specific health care industries
- Understand the role of nurse advocacy in advancing institutional solutions for redressing systemic racism
- Discuss how Medicare for All can help dismantle patterns of institutionalized racism and rectify racial health disparities
Instructor: Omid Mohamadi
This will be a hybrid course consisting of a 2-hour online class via Zoom followed by a 1-hour home study that can be completed on the same day for a total of 3 hours of continuing education credits. An additional, optional hour of home study will be available for California-based nurses. After registering at the link below, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: This class is frequently scheduled back-to-back with the class Queering Care: Ensuring LGBTQI+ Equity in Delivery of Nursing Care. Nurses interested in registering for both classes can receive up to 7 credits if taken on the same day.