Date of Graduation

Summer 8-27-2014

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Alba Diaz

Second Advisor

Dr. Kia James

Abstract

The University of San Francisco provides a comprehensive Master of Public Health curriculum to deliver a wide breadth of public health knowledge. The MPH program not only equipped me with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful, it also allowed me to find my passion. The well-established coursework and knowledgeable professors have instilled within me a passion to achieve health equity for everyone, regardless of their social, economic, or environmental disadvantages. I incorporated this mission into my practicum experience and completed over 400 hours at Kaiser Permanente to focus on eliminating health disparities for the patients, families, and communities that Kaiser serves. Kaiser Permanente has been actively pursuing multiple possibilities in the organization to close the disparities gap and achieve equitable care for everyone. My work involved designing and launching a pilot program to provide cultural competency training for health professionals, creating a strategy to address health disparities at the very beginning of the program planning process, and to effectively foster collaborative relationships with multiple KP departments. This fieldwork report will provide an overview of the projects I focused on, the public health problem that my work addressed, the core competencies that I utilized, and my overall experience as a Kaiser Permanente intern.

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