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 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.

Course Topics

  • Inequities in Health And Health Care: The State of the Nation
  • Access to Care in an Era of Uncertainty
  • Social Vulnerability And Clinical Care: How Narrative Matters
  • Food Insecurity And Chronic Disease
  • Substance Use – Addiction Theories, New Treatments, And The Role of Doctoring In Society
  • Violence as a Health Care Issue: Trauma-Informed Care
  • Homelessness Among Older Adults: An Emerging Crisis
  • Overcoming Barriers of Language And Immigration Status
  • Promoting Health Literacy

Lecture Schedule

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October 17, 2017
Title: Inequities in Health and Health Care: The State of the Nation
Alicia Fernandez, MD 
Dean Schillinger, MD

October 24, 2017
Title: Access to Care in an Era of Uncertainty
Andy Bindman, MD

Title: Social Vulnerability and Clinical Care: How Narrative Matters
Dean Schillinger, MD

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

November 14, 2017
Title: Aging Outside of the Home: Homelessness Elders and Prisoners
Margot Kushel, MD
Brie Williams, MD

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

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

December 12, 2017
Title: Language and Immigration as Barriers to Care 
Alicia Fernandez, MD

Title: Promoting Health Literacy
Margaret Wheeler, MD

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

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

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