Training Current and Future Health Professionals in Applied Health Equity

Applied Health Equity Education Council

We strive to provide our clinicians and students with an innovative curriculum that teaches the social determinants of health and centers the voices of the communities we serve. Driven by our Graduate Medical Education Council, we offer programming that is open, interdisciplinary, and focuses just as much on the community’s resilience as it does health inequities.


As directed by our Graduate Medical Education Council, we host regular Teach-Ins on the social determinants of health. Planned in conjunction with the Division of General Internal Medicine residents, our Teach-Ins are hosted during their grand rounds, and feature a variety of community and academic panelists that share their expertise. Past topics have included:

  • The Intersection of Health and Housing
  • Food Insecurity
  • Aging with Dignity and Creativity

Professional Development Seminars

In support of our commitment to health equity education, we host professional development seminars for faculty, staff, community providers, students, and interested community members. These seminars feature relevant and prominent topics facing health professionals, and are delivered by content experts from GW Faculty and our community partners. Continuing education (CE) credits are available for multiple health professions. Past topics have included: Treating and Preventing HIV in African American Women, and LGBTQ Cultural Competency, both of which counted toward specific re-licensure requirements in the District of Columbia.

See the City You Serve

Despite a call to action to address the social determinants of health in the United States, there has been limited evaluation of specific tools for teaching the social determinants of health to our medical learners. Organized by the Rodham Institute, these half day tours and discussions have increased the basic knowledge of D.C. disparities. See the City You Serve provides clinician learners with a true look at the communities that they serve and the journey their patients take to seek health care in the district.

View our article on See the City You Serve, published February 2017 in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education:

Aileen Y. Chang, Tracie L. Bass, Monique Duwell, Jeffrey S. Berger, Raksha Bangalore, Nancy S. Lee, Richard L. Amdur, Marcus Andrews, Esme Fahnestock, Lamek Kahsay, and Jehan El-Bayoumi (2017) The Impact of “See the City You Serve” Field Trip: An Educational Tool for Teaching Social Determinants of Health. Journal of Graduate Medical Education: February 2017, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 118-122.