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CME: Addressing persistent health disparities head-on with culturally competent care

Activity Description / Statement of Need:

In this online, self-learning activity:

Health disparities are defined as “preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by populations that have been disadvantaged by their social or economic status, geographic location, and environment.” According to the landmark 2002 report by the Institute of Medicine, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, even when access-related factors are accounted for, racial and ethnic minorities receive a lower quality of health care than White patients. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality also releases an annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report showing White patients receive a better quality of care and experience better health outcomes compared to non-Whites.

Target Audience:

HCPs including: physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and any other clinician involved in providing patient care. 

Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by educational grants from Karyopharm Therapeutics.

Learners may participate in this activity free of charge.

Release Date: June 15, 2023 -- Expiration Date: June 15, 2025

Faculty: Italo Brown, MD, MPH


Faculty introduction and disclosures  

Causes and consequences of health disparities  

  • Overview of patient demographics in the United States  
  • Examples of persistent health disparities in clinical practice 
  • Disparities in preventive care  
  • Disparities in acute and chronic management of patients 
  • Intersection of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity on health disparities  
  • Influence of social determinants of health and other barriers 

Addressing disparities to achieve health equity 

  • Methods to improve cultural competency when delivering care 
  • Culturally tailored patient education  
  • Recognizing implicit bias and its impact on disparities
  • Putting it all together: practice case(s)  

Summary and conclusions  

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

  • Identify healthcare disparities observed in clinical practice and its impact on treatment outcomes.
  • Recall factors that can contribute to health disparities.
  • Summarize strategies to incorporate cultural competency into patient care.
  • Formulate an intervention to address potential barriers that contribute to health disparities through patient cases.


ACCME Activity #202531680

ScientiaCME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: ScientiaCME designates this internet activity enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™  toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


ABIM MOC Recognition Statement: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Physicians: For maintenance of certification (MOC) credit, you must enter your board certification ID # and birth date correctly. It is the learner's responsibility to provide this information completely and accurately at the completion of the activity. Without providing it, the learner will NOT receive MOC credit for this activity. Please note: Not all activities on this site provide MOC credit. If this activity does not specify that it provides MOC credit in this section, then it does NOT provide MOC credit.  


ScientiaCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit. Proof of participation will be posted to your NABP CPE profile within 4 to 6 weeks to participants who have successfully completed the post-test. Participants must participate in the entire presentation and complete the course evaluation to receive continuing pharmacy education credit. ACPE #0574-0000-23-024-H04-P. This is a Knowledge (K)-type activity.

Pharmacists: You must enter your NABP # and birth date correctly so that proof of participation can be posted to your NABP CPE profile. It is the learner's responsibility to provide this information completely and accurately at the completion of the activity. Without providing it, the learner will NOT receive CPE credit for this activity.

Nurse Practitioners (NPs): The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.  ScientiaCME will provide NPs who successfully complete each activity with a certificate of participation indicating that the activity was designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Faculty Disclosure and Resolution of COI

As a provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of ScientiaCME to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and educational planners must disclose any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, and any relationships with the commercial supporter of the activity. The intent of this disclosure is to provide the intended audience with information on which they can make their own judgments. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of ScientiaCME to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. For this CME activity, any COI has been resolved thru content review ScientiaCME.

Faculty Disclosures: Italo M. Brown, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Social Justice & Health Equity Curriculum Thread Lead, Stanford School of Medicine, has received financial compensation from Google/YouTube, Adaptive Biotechnologies, AstraZeneca, Datavant, Impact4Health, UL, and Moderna for speaking and/or advisory board work.

Disclosures of Educational Planner: Charles Turck, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, President of ScientiaCME, has no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.

Faculty WILL NOT discuss off-label uses of a commercial product. 

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated. 

Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by educational grants from Karyopharm Therapeutics.


  • Read the learning objectives above
  • Take the Pre-Test (optional). Completion of the pre-test will help us evaluate the knowledge gained by participating in this CME activity.
  • View the online activity. You may view this is in more than one session, and may pause or repeat any portion of the presentation if you need to.
  • Minimum participation threshold: Take the post-test. A score of 70% or higher is required to pass and proceed to the activity evaluation.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and CME registration. A CE certificate will be emailed to you immediately.

Cultural/Linguistic Competence & Health Disparities

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