Social Determinants of Health Case Studies: Targeting the Social Determinants of Health in Geriatric Populations

Date of Review: February, 2019

This is one of 3 ‘case studies’ in a collection of teaching tools called Social Determinants of Health based on Healthy People (HP) 2020 material aimed at teaching Health Professional students to adopt a new perspective that identifies and includes the multitude of factors that affect the SDH of their patient’s communities and populations and incorporate this understanding into their work. This specific module introduces both SDH geriatric health content as well as how their interaction creates the need for addressing these factors in a coordinated and community based care model. The resource contains a 35 minute introductory video/PowerPoint describing the topic areas in detail. There are resources for students and facilitators and they suggest three separate 1.5-2 hour sessions or a single 4.5-5 hour session and can be easily integrated as a flipped classroom format. There are three clinical case videos with various geriatric patient scenarios. Students are each guided to focus on different aspects of care. Following the videos students discuss their findings with a panel of community experts and relevant government agencies. While convening such a panel is certainly a barrier to implementing this resource the available guide does provide detailed suggestions. Four structured reflection assignments are included with a final reflection paper which contains a detailed critical reflection assignment. Faculty experts in this topic area would be needed to facilitate and give feedback on these student deliverables in addition to having contacts with community agencies. While many teaching materials are available in this resource, one must become a member of APTR and have faculty credentials to download the faculty guides and evaluation rubric for the reflection assignment however I think there are enough resources included to easily implement this curriculum. — Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


University of Utah Health & THE NET

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:

Association for Prevention, Teaching and Research

Level of Learner Assessment:

Appreciation of content/attitude assessment (self-reflection, blogging with rubric)

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