Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health and Health Equity Professor Emeritus

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    This is a pairing of two 3-week course topics. In "From Health Disparities to Health Equity: Policy Implications," you will review the causes of and policy approaches for health disparities, and relate them to the specific discipline and interest of each student. We will explore health equity within the context of population health while examining some strategies for improving health equity through case studies and policy analysis. Understanding the role social determinants of health play in improving health status for populations is critical for health equity policies and will be examined in the course. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify health disparities and social determinants of health that adversely affect populations' health due to their social, economic, and environmental conditions, and apply strategies for improving health equity and creating opportunities for all populations to live up to their full health potential. In "Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment," you will focus on concepts, experience, and skills for leading organizational development and change in hospitals, health centers, medical practices, and other health-care groups, administrations, and agencies. It draws on writings, cases, exercises, and your own experience to explore the foundations and techniques for organizational leadership. Upon completion of the course, you will be better able to exercise leadership in your work and community, apply leadership concepts in building teams and teams of teams, lead through crisis, design reward systems for motivating individuals and teams, and develop a high-performance architecture and culture.


    This introductory course takes a policy and politics angle to health care's three persistent issues - access, cost and quality. The roles of patients, physicians, hospitals, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies will be established. The interaction between the government and these different groups will also be covered. Current national health care policy initiatives and the interests of class members will steer the specific topics covered in the course. The course aims to provide skills for critical and analytical thought about the U.S. health care system and the people in it. No pass/fail. Grade only.


    This course will explore the effects of the changing health care environment on the physician, patient and health care manager. It is intended for any undergraduate with an interest in how 1/6th of the American economy is organized as well as those planning careers as health care providers and managers. The course complements other health care courses (that take a societal perspective) by focusing on the individuals who participate in the health care enterprise. There are no prerequisites, as the course will stand on its own content. The course will be divided into modules that focus on the participants of the health care process and the process itself. We will analyze the patient, the doctor, and manager in light of the patient-doctor interaction, the turbulent health care marketplace, expensive new technologies,resource allocation, and ethics.


    Arranged with members of the Faculty of the Health Care Systems Department. For further information contact the Department office, Room 204, Colonial Penn Center, 3641 Locust Walk, 898-6861.


    Must be arranged with the written permission of the sponsoring faculty member prior to registration.

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Why Addressing Social Factors Could Improve U.S. Health Care

Successfully addressing social determinants of health -- such as access to food, housing and employment -- could lead to “the greatest opportunity to advance health in our country in a generation,” according to one expert.

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