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Addressing Structural Vulnerabilitiesin Healthcare for Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers

Resource Topic: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

Resource Subtopic: Population Health , Health Equity.

Keywords: Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Workers.

Year Developed: 2018

Resource Type: Archived Webinar

Primary Audience: Clinicians

Language: English

Developed by: Migrant Clinicians Network (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: In this webinar we will examine the structural vulnerabilities of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers through the lens of immunization disparities, opioid misuse and pain management. The faculty will present a series of case studies to illustrate the real-world impact of structural vulnerabilities on this population. Faculty will also introduce practical tools and information about structural vulnerabilities which can be incorporated into medical education to meet key domains as outlined in the AAMC Competency-Based Learning and Assessment project.

Resource Details: The notion of structural vulnerability addresses the challenges of caring for individual patients within the larger context of power hierarchies, institutional barriers and economic inequalities. Rooted in the concept of social determinants of health, understanding structural vulnerabilities allows medical students and clinicians to more clearly and critically confront the social structures that make people sick. Migrant and seasonal agricultural workers operate within the cross-section of a number of structural vulnerabilities. In order to effectively meet the healthcare needs of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, clinicians must be have an understanding of the overlapping social, economic and political challenges facing this population.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.