SocMed aims to expand the conversation on the social determinants of health and build a movement committed to health equity
We are SocMed: Education for Equity
Founded in 2011, SocMed, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, advocates for and implements curricula founded on the study of social medicine in order to advance health equity. The field of social medicine recognizes the critical importance that the social determinants of health play in health outcomes. Such determinants include socioeconomic status, educational opportunities, transportation accessibility, exposure to crime, and discrimination based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. By engaging health professionals though careful examination of the social and economic contexts of health and immersing them in partnership with a diverse group of colleagues from around the world, we aim to foster innovative leaders who are ready to tackle challenging health problems in communities around the world.
Please help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 by the end of 2016 to support our programs in Uganda and the Twin Cities (MN) and our expanding work to build a global movement of people committed to the teaching and practice of social medicine.
Three values guide SocMed’s community building efforts, which we refer to as the three P’s:
Praxis – Putting our ideas into action.
Inspired by Paulo Freire, a Brazilian educator, we believe that constant interplay between reflection and action generates critical analysis of the world and deepens our ability to effectively respond.
Personal – Where we come from matters.
Critical self-awareness enhances our ability to undo harmful structural and societal factors of which we are all part.
Partnership – Advancing equity, together.
Community-building amongst individuals with varied demographic backgrounds offers the most innovative and just means of moving towards health equity for all.
Join us as we transform education for health professionals to improve health of communities throughout the world.
"I cannot recommend this course highly enough if you are passionate about making a change and learning about social justice and health care. If you already have plans - cancel them and do this instead."
Katie Martin, Resident Physician, University of Washington, USA
"One of the courses that changed my view about health."
Irakoze Magnifique, Resident Physician, Rwanda