The Role of Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health in Promoting Health and Health Equity

ACPE UAN #:  0233-0000-20-050-H04-P

Release Date:  October 22, 2020

Expiration Date:   October 22, 2023

Activity Type:    Knowledge-based

Contact Hours:   1

Activity Fee:  Member:  $15        Non-Member:  $30

Target Audience: Pharmacists who practice in managed care settings.

Activity Description

Health care disparities are often viewed through the lens of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, but they occur across multiple dimensions, including age, geography, language, gender, disability status, citizenship status and sexual orientation. The complicated and interrelated factors that contribute to disparate health outcomes and increased costs are referred to as social determinants of health (SDOH). Within the health care system, there are multi-payer federal and state initiatives focused on addressing social needs. These include models under the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Medicaid delivery system and payment reform initiatives, and options under Medicaid.

There has been increased recognition that improving health and achieving health equity will require broader approaches that address social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health. For health care providers and insurers in particular, health disparities impact the bottom line through higher costs, avoidable readmissions, and slower business growth due to lower member satisfaction rates.

A review of literature, expert insights, and case studies of health care companies that have taken promising steps to address health care disparities will provide practical and real-world examples as a foundation for health care leaders to build their own health equity efforts. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Americans in specific disadvantaged communities highlights the importance understanding the value of SDOH and addressing health care disparities. 

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify community conditions that affect population health.
  2. Identify the growing state and federal initiatives to address SDOH within the health care system.
  3. Identify opportunities to advance health equity while also strengthening organizational economic performance.
  4. List ways core health care services can be modified or enhanced to reduce health care disparities and improve health outcomes.

Schedule of Educational Activity:

This activity consists of an audio recording, pre-test assessment questions (not required to pass to continue), post-test questions (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher), and a specific activity evaluation.

Accreditation Statement:

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education

As an accredited provider, AMCP strictly adheres to the ACPE Standards for Commercial Support and other relevant guidelines and standards to ensure the independence of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities.  AMCP intends that all CPE activities be independent, objective, balanced, evidence-based, and free of any commercial bias.

CPE Requirements:   

Participants should claim CPE credit for this home study activity only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity presented at AMCP Nexus 2020 Virtual.


CPE credit will be processed through the AMCP Learn portal and reported directly to CPE Monitor.  Please allow 72 hours for processing and posting in your National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) e-Profile account. 

To receive credit for a home study activity you must:

  •  Review the full content of the home study activity.
  •  Complete the post-test and achieve a score of 70% or higher.
  •  Complete a specific activity evaluation.

System Technical Requirements/Viewing Requirements

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Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE UAN #0233-0000-20-050-H04-P 1 Contact Hour October 22, 2020 - October 22, 2023