Health and Society

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely   the absence of disease or infirmity"   -World Health Organization

 

Despite being one of the wealthiest nations in the world and spending a great deal of money on healthcare, the health status of our nation is suboptimal. Why is that?

In this course we will explore the interplay between the way our society is structured and our state of health as one explanation for this quesiton.

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Health is a state all humans aspire to have and to keep. Some even argue that health is a human right issue. Whatever our convictions are about health and society, we know now more than ever that our social conditions determine our state of health. In fact, up to 75% of health is determined by  what is called the social determinants of health (SDH). 

Unfortunately, billions of dollars of our healthcare is spent in treating illnesses which are mostly the by-products of our social conditions rather than the root causes of our sickness- our social conditions.

In this course we will explore:

  • What are the social determinants of health (SDH)?
  • How do SDH impact our health?
  • What can be done to address these issues?
  • What role should the health care establishment, health care workers and health policy makers play to address these issues?
  • Should we adopt advocacy for social justice as a means for promoting health?

The instructor, who is a healthcare worker, will provide available readings and excerpts from pertinent literature to kick off the discussion. However, as each of us are part of a society and each of us are seekers of good health, everyone who attends this class should feel qualitfied and is highly encouraged to participate in discussion.

The hope is by the end of this course not only will we be better informed about this subject but also we will be inspired to advocate for societal reforms that promote good health for each of us.

Course sessions

    Wednesday April 16 2014

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Introduction: 

    • Define health
    • Define what determines health
    • Define the Social Determinants of Health

    Wednesday April 23 2014

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Session II

    • How do social determinants of health impact health
    • Share your (your neighbors/friends/family members...) story 

    Wednesday April 30 2014

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Session III

    • What can we do to address the social determinants of health?
    • Share your ideas

    Wednesday May 7 2014

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Session IV

    • Whose responsibility is it to addres the SDH? Especially, what should health care establishments, doctors, nurses, public health practitioners,  and health policy makers do to address these issues?
    • A word about the history of medicine and our legacy for social advocacy
    • Share your take home message

    Friday November 20 2015

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Introduction: 

    • Define health
    • Define what determines health
    • Define the Social Determinants of Health

    Friday December 4 2015

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Session II

    • How do social determinants of health impact health
    • Share your (your neighbors/friends/family members...) story 

    Friday December 11 2015

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Session III

    • What can we do to address the social determinants of health?
    • Share your ideas

    Friday December 18 2015

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Session IV

    • Whose responsibility is it to addres the SDH? Especially, what should health care establishments, doctors, nurses, public health practitioners,  and health policy makers do to address these issues?
    • A word about the history of medicine and our legacy for social advocacy
    • Share your take home message

    Tuesday August 23 2016

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    We have held "Health and Society"/ "Your Health in Baltimore"  for the past two years as a 6 week long course. This summer we will use the two day course as a way to increase outreach of this service to the community and explore interests and ideas for the upcoming Spring session.

     

    I hope you will join us!

    Tuesday August 30 2016

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    We have held "Health and Society"/ "Your Health in Baltimore"  for the past two years as a 6 week long course. This summer we will use the two day course as a way to increase outreach of this service to the community and explore interests and ideas for the upcoming Spring session.

     

    I hope you will join us!

    Tuesday August 23 2016

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    I regret to inform you that August 23rd class is cancelled by the Baltimore Free School due to renovation needs at the Cafe.

     

    I hope to see everyone the next tuesday August 30th 6-7.

     

    Sosena 

    Tuesday August 30 2016

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Tuesday August 30th 2016

    6:00-7:00pm (North Avenue)

    Health and Society: class will meet to discuss the course content, and format as well as to explore ideas from everyone on:

    • priority areas of social determinants of health in Baltimore city
    • resources that are available in the community
    • how we can design problem solving and collaborative models together
    • how we can leverage the community's efforts to affect policy for the collective good
    • how we can empower the community to promote a patient-centered healthcare delivery in our healthcare institutions.

    Please join us, and invite your friends and colleagues, no healthcare background is necessary, although the course is led by a physician and public health practitioner we need everyone's ideas and energy to improve our health, our health services and our community.

    Please sign up on the course website.

     

    Thank you.

    Sosena  Kebede, MD, MPH

    Thursday April 20

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

     

     

     

    Thursday April 20 2017

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

     

    Session I: Introduction: 

    • Define health
    • Define what determines health
    • Define the Social Determinants of Health

    Thursday April 27 2017

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

     

    Session II

    • How do social determinants of health impact health
    • Share your (your neighbors/friends/family members...) story 

    Thursday May 4 2017

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

     

    Session III

    • What can we do to address the social determinants of health?
    • Share your ideas

    Thursday May 11 2014

    6:00PM - 7:00PM (North Ave classroom)

     

    Session IV

    • Whose responsibility is it to addres the SDH? Especially, what should health care establishments, doctors, nurses, public health practitioners,  and health policy makers do to address these issues?
    • A word about the history of medicine and our legacy for social advocacy
    • Share your take home message