University Of Calgary Postgraduate Medicine

Enhanced Skills - Program Info - Health Equity (formerly Global Health)

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Program Description

The mandate of the U of C Enhanced Skills Health Equity:  Local and Global Care Program (Global Health)  is to produce:  Humble, reflective and service-oriented family doctors who possess the advanced skills required to lead the creation of equitable, compassionate and socially-conscious care, for individuals and populations who are at increased risk of suffering, no matter where they dwell.  Individuals and populations considered to be at increased risk of suffering may include but are not limited to:  indigenous, poor, homeless, addicted, oppressed, incarcerated, ethnic minorities, migrants, colonized, women, children, the elderly, LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirited); the already ill … and anyone else who lacks access to equity in determinants of health.Determinants of health are any factors that change health outcomes for individuals and populations.  Determinants of health may therefore include but are not limited to:  power, socioeconomic status (SES), gender, gender identity, geography and the physical environment, peace and conflict, food security, access to transportation and other resources, social supports, politics, belief systems, culture, social structure, patterns and norms, culture, language, ethnicity, freedom, abilities, age, marital status, and health itself.