Published June 27, 2018
Congratulations to Associate Professor Robert Keefe and colleagues on the publication of their article, "Integrating the social determinants of health into two interprofessional courses: Findings from a pilot study," in the Journal of Interprofessional Care.
Lane, S.D., Keefe, R.H., Rubinstein, R.A., Hall, M., Kelly, K., Satterly, L.B., Shaw, A.V., & Fisher, J. (2018). Integrating the social determinants of health into two interprofessional courses: Findings from a pilot study. Journal of Interprofessional Care.
Five colleges and universities in Upstate New York, United States, created the 'Route-90 Collaborative' to support faculty implementing the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health. The two courses described herein used a flipped classroom approach in which students from 14 different nations were responsible for facilitating individual classes. This descriptive study used an educational intervention in two interprofessional courses - reproductive health and global health - based on the IOM Framework into two courses. The evaluation used quantitative and open-ended text response data from students. Course evaluations indicated the students found the courses helped them to learn more about health issues and service delivery in various countries, expand their knowledge base on sociocultural and ecological influences on health care, and broaden their perspectives on various health topics so they will be able to provide higher quality healthcare. Although this is the first effort of our Collaborative to implement the Framework, given the student feedback, we believe implementing the Framework in various courses has the potential to enhance healthcare service delivery and reduce the negative impact of social determinants of health.