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Meeting the Challenges of Caring for the Underserved

This curriculum is designed to help third year medical students explore issues in securing access to medical care and community resources for families in medically underserved communities. We hope students who complete this mini curriculum will better appreciate some of the economic and cultural barriers which exist for underserved families and develop a broader view of families and their connections to resources in the community. We also hope to give students more training and practice working with a medical interpreter and a greater understanding of the federal WIC program and Wisconsin's Badger Care Program.

This curriculum consists of some short readings, video case presentations and a sample interview.

We hope you will find the information and experiences in this curriculum make an impact on the care you provide and the relationships you foster with your patients.

  • You are strongly encouraged to complete this interactive self-directed activity to reinforce your public health knowledge.
  • The curriculum is designed to be completed in order. The lessons are presented in sequence and all activities should be done before moving on to the next lesson.

Curriculum Overview


Understanding What It Means to be "Underserved"

Underserved Status and Health Outcomes

Screening for Underserved Status

Use Interpreter Services

Prioritizing Needs

Link with Community Resources

Conclusion and Unit Evaluation

Last updated: 01/04/2016
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