Structural Competency and Cardiovascular Health

By: Kristen Smith A well known quote states, “… your zip code or socioeconomic status should never determine the quality of your education…” Sadly, the harsh reality is while the quote promotes fairness and health equity, there are still many improvements to be made and the gradual change will take time. On a global aspect,Continue reading “Structural Competency and Cardiovascular Health”

COVID-19 and Structural Competency

By: C’Aira Dillard In the title, three is a term that has been used periodically during these COVID-19 times. According to Dr. Jonathan Metzl, structural competency “calls on methods from sociology, economics, urban planning, and other disciplines to systematically train health care professionals and others to recognize ways that institutions, neighborhood conditions, market forces, publicContinue reading “COVID-19 and Structural Competency”

Structural Competencies and its Applications

By: Alexandra Filipkowski The term ‘structural competency’ is used to emphasize the unique, and ever-changing relationships between clinical problems and social determinants of health. Social determinants of health include, but are not limited to, an individual’s housing situation, education, and income.These factors are absolutely vital for healthcare workers to keep in mind because they dictateContinue reading “Structural Competencies and its Applications”

Structural Competency in my Media Project

By: Hector Haddock-Martinez Unfortunately, there are evident inequalities and inequities in the overall health of the US population. Race, education level, social status, and even zip codes continuously dictate the health risks of individuals. These conditions are known as the social determinants of health. Although medical facilities and technology have increased significantly in the pastContinue reading “Structural Competency in my Media Project”

Health Disparities and Structural Competency

By Dimitri Johnson In the United States, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death.  Disparities in medical care across minority groups.  The way medical professionals are trained can have a negative impact on the health outcomes in patients of low socioeconomic status. Another area to explore in resolving health disparities is new clinical politicsContinue reading “Health Disparities and Structural Competency”