How We Heal: Confronting Health Inequity with Structural Competency, UC Riverside (Watkins 1000), Saturday, 09. March 2019

Structural competency is the capacity for health professionals to recognize and respond to health and illness as the downstream effects of social, political, and economic structures within and beyond the clinic walls. This framework aims to prepare clinical trainees to act on systemic causes of health inequalities at the level of neighborhoods, institutions, and policies. Social movements are growing all around us, addressing the structural drivers of inequity that becomes embodied in disparate health outcomes. This conference will bring together health professionals, researchers, educators, students, and community organizers to imagine and build paths toward a more just and healthy future. Issues addressed will span poverty, immigration, environmental justice, labor rights, housing and homelessness, LGBTQ rights, incarceration, addiction, and more, in the U.S. and abroad.
Featured speakers include: Helena Hansen, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Anthropology at NYU, research psychiatrist at New York State Office of Mental Health's Nathan Kline Institute, who coined “Structural Competency”); Seth Holmes, MD, PhD (Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, and author of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States); Jyoti Puvvula, MD, MPH (Associate Clinical Professor at the Harbor-UCLA Department of Family Medicine, Board Member of Doctors for Global Health, and research partner with Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA); Scott Allen, MD (Medical Director of Borrego Health Access Clinic for adults with developmental disabilities, and Expert Medical Advisor for Physicians for Human Rights); and Heidi Hoechst, PhD (Lead educator at National Nurses United). Additionally, the program includes an interactive training by the Bay Area Structural Competency Working Group (

Saturday, 09. March 2019, UC Riverside (Watkins 1000), How We Heal: Confronting Health Inequity with Structural Competency

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