Leading the Care of Vulnerable & Marginalized Populations
Dr. Rebecca C. Lee
This course will explore the interplay between vulnerability, health status, health care access and quality in relation to nursing’s social contract.
It’s no secret that some populations are more at risk for health issues than others, and that disparity in the health of these populations is increasing. In order to care for marginalized and vulnerable populations, nurse leaders need to think differently and adopt new strategies.
This course will explore the interplay between vulnerability, health status, health care access and quality in relation to nursing’s social contract. Physical, psychological, demographic, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural issues influencing the health status of and health care delivery to members of vulnerable and marginalized populations will be examined.
Participants will identify essential skills and strategies nurse leaders can champion in their practice settings to guide the delivery of quality care to members of diverse populations and improve health outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized groups.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Describe individual, environmental, and societal factors influencing the health of vulnerable and marginalized populations.
- Analyze the historical, social, cultural, political, and economic forces that influence vulnerability and marginalization.
- Examine selected frameworks for understanding and guiding interdisciplinary care of vulnerable populations.
- Identify skills needed for enhancing the care of diverse populations.
- Discuss strategies for resolving health and healthcare disparities and improving the health of vulnerable and marginalized populations.
Dr. Rebecca C. Lee
Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Rebecca C. Lee currently serves as an Associate Professor of Nursing in the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing where she teaches courses in the RN-BSN, BSN, and PhD programs. She holds advanced certification in Community/Public Health Nursing as well as Advanced Transcultural Nursing, applying these skills both in the classroom and community settings through her ongoing teaching, practice, and service. In August 2015, Dr. Lee began an appointment as the Director of the Institute for Clinical Inquiry at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. In that role, she mentors patient care services staff in completion of clinical ladder projects as part of professional development.
Dr. Lee’s long-term research goals are to promote the health of vulnerable populations through the development of strengths-based, culturally congruent interventions that support resilience, health and well-being during transition experiences such as homelessness. Her other areas of research interest include facilitating cultural competence and cultural humility through interprofessional education and the influence of social networks on health and illness behaviors.
In partnership with various community groups, Dr. Lee has participated in several research projects in the areas of family homelessness, infant mortality, end-of-life care of dying children and their families, and reduction of health disparities through the use of CBPR. For her dissertation research, Dr. Lee conducted an ethnographical study exploring the influence of culture on the experience of family homelessness for Appalachian mothers caring for their children in an urban homeless shelter.