CME Course

COVID-19 Health Disparities in the American South

Pandemics can amplify health disparities; for all its strengths as a vibrant, multicultural region, the American South is still grappling with the policies that perpetuate social, economic, and health disparities.

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References and Resources

  1. Azar KMJ, Shen Z, Romanelli RJ, et al. Disparities In Outcomes Among COVID-19 Patients In A Large Health Care System In California. Health Affairs. May 21, 2020. https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/suppl/10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00598#.XsfX49mS5lY.twitter
  2. Devakumar D, Shannon G,a Sunil Bhopal SS, et al. Racism and discrimination in COVID-19 responses. Lancet 2020;395: 1194. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7146645/
  3. Monnat S. Why Coronavirus Could Hit Rural Areas Harder. March 24, 2020. https://lernercenter.syr.edu/2020/03/24/why-coronavirus-could-hit-rural-areas-harder/

Target Audience

All healthcare providers.

Goals and Objectives

Pandemics can amplify health disparities; for all its strengths as a vibrant, multicultural region, the American South is still grappling with the legacy of policies that perpetuate social, economic, and health disparities. This interview highlights these disparities and offers insight into what all stakeholders, including policy makers and healthcare providers can do to address this issue.

Course Information

CME Release Date: July 10, 2020
Valid for credit through: July 10, 2021
Course type: Audio Podcast
Estimated time of completion: 15 minutes 

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Internet Activity (Enduring Material) for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the course description, accreditation information, and disclosure information.
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  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The content of the CME certified activity does not relate to products or services of an ACCME defined commercial interest. Therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to identify and no conflicts of interest to identify or resolve.

Special Guest:
Jennifer Mandelbaum is a program evaluator at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and doctoral student in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health. Jennifer's scholarship aims to better understand how evidence-based research on chronic disease prevention is translated equitably into public health practice.

Southern Medical Association Staff
Jennifer S. Price, MA, SMA Education Manager

Course Materials

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