Health Disparities

Module 1

Objectives: (1) Demonstrate increased awareness of how social elements contribute to healthcare disparities and (2) Identify disparities in the Greater Grand Rapids’ neighborhoods.


Module 2

Objectives: (1) Identify how personal stress and physical environment impact outcomes. (2) Identify how personal and cultural beliefs of patients and healthcare providers can impact outcomes.


Module 3

Objectives: (1) Identify how a patient’s healthcare literacy can influence outcomes. (2) Use the knowledge to develop skills for managing clinical encounters for improving quality care for all patients.


Cultures and Spirituality

Spectrum Health's inclusion and diversity team created the following reference tool.

Caring With Compassion

Caring With Compassion supports health professionals who care for socioeconomically disadvantaged populations: homeless, uninsured, and underserved patients. The curriculum introduces the bio-psychosocial model for the provision of personalized care for at-risk patients. Continuing medical education credit is available through University of Michigan Medical School.

MedEdPORTAL Health Disparities Education

Healthcare Disparities Course: MedEdPORTAL publication 9675 includes peer-reviewed research, interactive case studies and multimedia assessments. Health Disparities Education Train-the-Trainer Guide: MedEdPORTAL resource ID 2301 is a comprehensive tool to facilitate developing, implementing, and evaluating health disparities education.

Institute For Healthcare Improvement Open School

TA 101: Introduction to the Concept of Population Health is an introduction to the concept of population health. TA 102: Improving Health Equity covers health disparities: what they are, why they occur and how you can help reduce them in your local setting.

Working Together to End Racial And Ethnic Disparities: One Physician at a Time

This is an American Medical Association video, fact sheets and facilitation guide are included. The two disc DVD set is available in our office and at all program coordinator offices.