Date

5-2020

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Kim Judson

Abstract

The Monterey County Health Department’s Health Equity Scholars Academy aspires to train health workforce leaders to prioritize equity into services. Health inequities occur when there are systematic differences in the health statuses of different populations. These disparities perpetuate negative health outcomes for minority groups. In Monterey County, too few public employees are aware of the types and pervasiveness of health inequities experienced by a significant proportion of the population. A timeline was developed to provide a more accessible way to educate public employees about significant events and policies affecting Monterey County resident’s health. Content from the timeline has been incorporated into the Civil Rights training for government employees and knowledge gained will be measured after the training to determine awareness of inequities experienced in the community. Findings show participants believe they are better able to serve their communities if they possess this knowledge. Future recommendations include expanding the sharing of the timeline content among non-profit agencies as well as the public.

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