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Basics of Health Equity

Learning Objectives
1. Define health equity and justice
2. Compare and contrast equality and equity
3. Describe the four levels of racism
4. Discuss the relationship between moving upstream and health equity
0.25 Credit CME

Understanding that we all come to equity and justice with potentially different life experiences and levels of understanding of the existing historical context, evidence, theory, and practice, this section grounds our members and readers in common definitions, concepts, and frameworks. This primer is not exhaustive but, rather, more of an introduction. We recognize that there are other useful and valid ways to explain the concepts that follow, and that language evolves over time. We encourage further investigation, engagement, and reflection to expand one's knowledge.

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Activity Information

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content reported no relevant financial relationships.

If applicable, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

0.25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

0.25 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

0.25 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and

0.25 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.

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