Leveraging Poverty Simulations to Develop Provider Awareness, Cultural Humility
and Employer Empathy.
Dana Beckton, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Christiana Care Health System
Socio-economic status is a major social influencer of health outcomes that factors into impacted population’s access to care as well as the adherence of care treatment recommendations. The majority of people involved in the care of patients, as well as the policies that affect them, tend to approach communities at or below the poverty line with the same mindset as those sufficiently above the poverty line. In addition, the rising cost of employee health benefits has created a mandate to control costs through health and wellness programs. These programs also neglect to consider the implications of initiatives on low-income workers. This session will look at the use of a Poverty Simulation as an education tool to highlight barriers to the care and management of both patients in
the community as well as in the organization.
• Learn about the background and components of the Missouri Community Action Network Poverty Simulation
• Understand the potential implications of low-income wages on employee health and wellness policies and practices as witnessed through the poverty simulation
• Understand the impact of the poverty simulation as an educational tool for practicing physicians and healthcare administration in the care and empathy of populations at or below the poverty line.
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