Title

Health Disparities: Professional and Institutional Models for Community Partnerships for Social Change

Presenter Information

Jyothi Gupta
Rene Padilla
Karen Opacich

Start Time

7-10-2006 4:10 PM

End Time

7-10-2006 5:15 PM

Abstract

In the United States, there are still significant health and other disparities that exist due to gender, race or ethnicity, education, income, disability, geographic location, or sexual orientation. Healthy People 2010 has as one of its two primary goals to eliminate health disparities among different segments of the population (http:www.healthypeople.gov). These disparities are also evident in the availability of opportunities for meaningful occupation. Occupational science and occupational therapy have the capacity to make significant contributions to eliminating health disparities but it will require a long term commitment to improving the health and quality of life of all citizens. Federal, state, and local governments are designating significant resources toward community and academic partnerships that address these needs. This panel will provide an overview of health disparities as they relate to human occupation and identify societal factors, governmental policies and characteristics of the educational and health care system that influence the health and occupational opportunities for citizens. We will introduce an institutional perspective of educational models that support community initiatives to promote social change. A summary of three local community initiatives will illustrate opportunities to address the occupational and health disparities in specific populations. The theoretical and pedagogical underpinnings that are the foundational basis for the community initiatives will also be discussed. The panelists will highlight the efforts being made by interdisciplinary teams towards the empowerment of communities to promote health and well-being for all of its citizens.

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Health Disparities: Professional and Institutional Models for Community Partnerships for Social Change

In the United States, there are still significant health and other disparities that exist due to gender, race or ethnicity, education, income, disability, geographic location, or sexual orientation. Healthy People 2010 has as one of its two primary goals to eliminate health disparities among different segments of the population (http:www.healthypeople.gov). These disparities are also evident in the availability of opportunities for meaningful occupation. Occupational science and occupational therapy have the capacity to make significant contributions to eliminating health disparities but it will require a long term commitment to improving the health and quality of life of all citizens. Federal, state, and local governments are designating significant resources toward community and academic partnerships that address these needs. This panel will provide an overview of health disparities as they relate to human occupation and identify societal factors, governmental policies and characteristics of the educational and health care system that influence the health and occupational opportunities for citizens. We will introduce an institutional perspective of educational models that support community initiatives to promote social change. A summary of three local community initiatives will illustrate opportunities to address the occupational and health disparities in specific populations. The theoretical and pedagogical underpinnings that are the foundational basis for the community initiatives will also be discussed. The panelists will highlight the efforts being made by interdisciplinary teams towards the empowerment of communities to promote health and well-being for all of its citizens.