Online Toolkit Offers Practical Tips to Combat Health Care Disparities

Educating students, physicians, and public health practitioners about racial and ethnic disparities in health care

In 2004, staff from Physicians for Human Rights developed an online toolkit for medical students and students in other health professions to raise awareness and take action to help eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care.

Key Results

  • Project staff produced a 71-page toolkit—entitled The Right to Equal Treatment: Student Toolkit to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in U.S. Health Care—promoting six types of activities and offering practical guidance on how to:

    • Raise awareness among students, faculty, health professionals and community members about the existence and complexity of the problem.
    • Promote the establishment and/or expansion of curriculum connected to cultural competency and health care disparities.
    • Enhance diversity of the student body and faculty on campus.
    • Examine and address racial, ethnic and cultural factors affecting the quality of health care treatment received by patients at the university-affiliated hospitals.
    • Work in and with the local community to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities.
    • Take action at the state and national levels.