Date of Award

Winter 1-21-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Genevieve Lowry

Abstract

Studies have shown that low socioeconomic status negatively affects health due to factors such as unstable access to secure environments, full-coverage healthcare, and quality of education. Members of these communities face further health adversities when confronting healthcare staff who are blind to these challenges, and more, that they experience. Several studies examined in this paper looked specifically at the intersects of low socioeconomic status and how they negatively affected the healthcare experience of individuals of these communities. Others demonstrate how having healthcare staff be knowledgeable of these adverse effects can lead to positive changes in the health of these community members. Examining these studies led to the conclusion that health and quality of healthcare of low socioeconomic patients are negatively affected as healthcare providers lack a phenomena known as cultural competence, and therefore it is through additional education and training on how to address these phenomena that healthcare staff such as physicians and Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) can help diminish the health disparities plaguing these communities and thus break them out of a cycle of oppression.

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