Poverty is a social determinant of health (SDOH) that interprofessional health care teams are trained to address; yet, students in these educational programs may have limited experience with poverty and its impact on patient and community engagement, care, and outcomes. To address how integral poverty is to addressing health outcomes, Binghamton University students from nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work participated in a class-embedded poverty module and simulation, which included asynchronous readings and videos, a poverty simulation activity, and a panel of community advocates with lived experiences of poverty, discussing poverty’s impact on health behaviors and outcomes. These latter two experiences were in-person prior to the COVID-19 pandemic (2019) and virtual during the pandemic (2020, 2021). This lightning talk will describe themes identified in the qualitative analysis of student written reflection papers. A sample of papers (n=48/610) were randomly selected utilizing a random number generator. Two co-authors conducted an iterative open and thematic coding process to develop and refine the codebook. After ten interviews were coded and an agreement level greater than 75% was met, both authors independently coded the remaining 38 interviews using the consensus codebook. Students across the four disciplines noted that their core learnings included a better understanding of the “competing needs” a person faces while in poverty. The importance of assessing and addressing SDOH was central to how students anticipated utilizing this material in their future approach to patient-centered care and communication. Students also cited community members’ first-hand experiences of poverty and its wide-reaching impact (e.g. transportation, food insecurity) as having an influence on their learning. This analysis supports that community-engaged interprofessional education may be central to students’ learning about poverty as an SDOH and their understanding of how they can contribute to the interprofessional practice with patients in the future.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The National Center OICPD is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.