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Public Health Rep. 2000 Mar-Jun; 115(2-3): 266–270.
PMCID: PMC1308724
Integrating Healthy Communities concepts into health professions training.
G Kinder, S B Cashman, S D Seifer, A Inouye, and A Hagopian
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Shrewsbury 01545, USA. gkinder@nt.dma.state.ma.us
Abstract
To meet the demands of the evolving health care system, health professionals need skills that will allow them to anticipate and respond to the broader social determinants of health. To ensure that these skills are learned during their professional education and training, health professions institutions must look beyond the medical model of caring for communities. Models in Seattle and Roanoke demonstrate the curricular changes necessary to ensure that students in the health professions are adequately prepared to contribute to building Healthy Communities in the 21st century. In addition to these models, a number of resources are available to help promote the needed institutional changes.
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