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July 16, 2024Improving Structural Competency in Clinical Care
12 p.m.
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Research shows that non-clinical factors such as social determinants of health can have a significant impact on health status and outcomes for individuals and communities. Recognizing the connections between and implications of systemic societal inequities on the health of patients is an important component of providing appropriate and effective care, and can ultimately help reduce health disparities. Illinois law requires physicians to complete one hour of cultural competency training that addresses issues that enable them to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities.

The Illinois State Medical Society invites you to join Vinodinee Dissanayake, M.D., M.P.H. for a program that will improve the physicians’ capacity to provide structurally competent care to patients and communities. Dr. Dissanayake is an emergency department physician and Assistant Professor at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Dissanayake presented a related program on June 26 that addressed the topic of cultural humility and the importance of providing culturally responsive care.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Dissanayake is an emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist at Rush University Medical Center and an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She earned her medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and completed her emergency medicine residency at Cook County Hospital. Dr. Dissanayake also earned her Master’s in Public Health while completing a dual fellowship in global emergency medicine and medical toxicology at the University of Illinois Chicago. She currently serves as advocate co-role leader for Rush Medical College and is the Chair for the Social Emergency Medicine Committee at the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians.

Learning Objectives:

  1. dentify structures and their influence on the health of patients and communities
  2. Generate strategies to respond to the influence of structures in the clinic and beyond the clinic
  3. Identify options for how to build and empower your health care team to address the structures impacting a patient's health outcomes
  4. Identify ways to demonstrate structural competency in patient care

Accreditation: The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit designation: The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Disclosure: There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

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