Community Health

    Dates: September 27, 2019 and January 23, 2020

    Location: West Bank Office Building

    The purpose of this course is to establish a framework in which learners will understand the impact of where a patient lives, learns, works, and plays on individual and population health. Participants will learn the historical sequela leading to many of the health inequities in this country and how to develop the skills necessary for a family physician to be an effective advocate and ally for their patients and their communities in addressing health and wellness.

    During Community Engagement Cafe sessions, participants meet with community leaders and learn about the multiple ways that community-based groups can partner with them in the future to help them reach beyond the clinic walls to serve their patients.

    Meeting with various local organizations made me realize of the importance of engaging with them to promote health. - Past course participant

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    A group of people sit together at a table, listening as one of them speaks.
    A group of people sit together at a table, listening as one of them speaks.


    • Describe socioeconomic, environmental, cultural, and other population-level determinants of health and understand their role in health promotion and disease prevention
    • Determine community assets and resources to improve health at individual and population levels
    • Discuss the steps of advocacy in the development of health policy


    Registration is for non-University of Minnesota family medicine residents, medical students, and community physicians or healthcare professionals. Fees include tuition, syllabus, parking, and lunch.

    1. Please contact us first to reserve a spot and to confirm the date and location:

    2. Fill out and submit the 2019-2020 Course Registration Form

    Course learning objectives

    • Develop a sense of community health that transitions from deficit-based critique to asset-based support and collaboration
    • Increase resident engagement, participation, and skill development

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