The Care of Vulnerable Patients: Partnering to Achieve Health Equity

Tuesdays, Oct 17 - Dec 12 (No session Oct 31 and Nov 21)
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
UCSF’s Parnassus Campus, School of Nursing Building
513 Parnassus Avenue, Room N-217
Course# MLL18001

Course Evaluation

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Course Chairs

Dean Schillinger MD
Professor of Medicine; Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Zuckerberg San Francisco General, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations

Margaret Wheeler, MD 
Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine; Zuckerberg San Francisco General

Course Description

Medical research over the last two decades has clearly documented that people of lower socioeconomic status and from minority racial and ethnic backgrounds have worse health, worse access to medical care and often receive a lower standard of health care.   The poorer health and inferior healthcare received by the underprivileged are pointedly referred to as inequities in health and health care. With this perspective, a person and a community’s health -- and the healthcare they receive -- are measures of social justice.

San Francisco, long a champion of social change, is leading the charge to improve the health of people who are socially disadvantaged. Through research and innovations in practice, policy and education, faculty at UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (arguably our nation's premier public hospital) are at the head of a movement to ensure that medical care mitigates, not perpetuates, societal injustices. Our course presents an approach to medical care that integrates medical research with a social justice perspective to tackle some of the most critical issues that complicate the care of underserved patients and to re-inspire and re-instill meaning and purpose to the helping professions.

Lecture Schedule

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October 17, 2017
Title: Inequities in Health and Health Care | Download Slides
Alicia Fernandez, MD 
Dean Schillinger, MD | Download Slides

October 24, 2017
Title: Access to Care in an Era of Uncertainty
Andy Bindman, MD | Download Slides
Dean Schillinger, MD

November 7, 2017
Title: Substance Use--Addiction Theories, New Treatments, and the Role of Doctoring in Society
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Soraya Azari, MD
Diana Coffa, MD
Scott Steiger, MD

November 14, 2017
Title: Homelessness Among Older Adults: An Emerging Crisis | Download Slides
Margot Kushel, MD

Title: Aging in the prisons
Brie Williams, MD

November 28, 2017
Title: Food Insecurity and Chronic Disease | Download Slides
Hilary Seligman, MD

December 5, 2017
Title: Violence as a Health Care Issue: Trauma Informed Care | Download Slides | Resources
Leigh Kimberg, MD

December 12, 2017
Part 1: Overcoming Barriers of Language and Immigration Status
Part 2: Promoting Health Literacy

Dean Schillinger, MD | Download Slides
Alicia Fernandez, MD | Download Slides
Margaret Wheeler, MD | Download Slides

Registration Fees

General Public:
1 Course: $75
** 2 Courses: $130
** 3 Courses: $185
** Single Session: $15

** UCSF Faculty and Staff:
1 Course: $60
2 Courses: $100
3 Courses: $140
Single Session: $10

$30 per series (with valid student ID at check-in)
** Single Session: $5

** To register, call (415) 476-5808