Course Overview

Deepening our understanding of the past and acknowledging the impact and root causes of health inequities helps cultivate empathy to improve the lives of the people and community members we serve. Once we consider the continuing impact these factors have on health outcomes today, we can effectively begin confronting the issues as leaders in our field and as partners in change.

What You'll Learn

  • Why taking a more in-depth look at our past is imperative to building a more equitable future.

  • Research solutions for community engagement after centuries of abuse.

  • The history of Juneteenth including a timeline of social and health injustices.

  • The historical factors that contribute to health disparities and discrimination, including unethical experimentation, the research gap, and the dark history of hysteria.

  • How history can impact our perspectives and help to cultivate empathy.

  • Solutions to current health disparities, limited representation, and iatrophobia.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction & Welcome

    • Course Notes & Reflection Guide

    • Reading Resource List

    • Health Equity Guide

    • Welcome to the Course

  • 2

    The History of Racism in Medicine

    • The History of Unethical Experimentation

    • Health Disparities and Current Impacts

    • Solutions

  • 3

    Health Disparities Research

    • Q & A with Leonore Okwara, MPH, Public Health Research Expert

  • 4

    The History of Juneteenth

    • Meet Jasmine Leonard, MPH

    • Juneteenth Video Collage by Jasmine Leonard, MPH

  • 5

    The History of Women's Health Disparities

    • The History of Hysteria

    • Historical Gaps in Research

  • 6

    Conclusion and Evaluation

    • Conclusion

    • Evaluation

    • Test Your Knowledge

Continuing Education Credits

3.0 Credit of CHES/MCHES are available for this course at no additional cost.


Heather Case, M. Ed, Associate Director of Programs, Hemophilia Federation of America

In sum, the course is exceptional. Christie created a comprehensive and well-researched learning experience. She is knowledgeable without being too didactic and stale. I enjoyed the myriad of learning styles- reading, videos, audio, etc.— and the way the modules are broken down into more manageable chunks.

Ann Webb Price, Ph.D., Community Evaluation Solutions, Inc.

As a community psychologist and evaluator, I work with nonprofits and coalitions to create more equitable outcomes. This course provided a better understanding of what I need to know to be more effective in my work. It made me think and enabled me to link the history of racism to the health disparities we see in our world today.

Stephanie Parenti, MPH, Public Health Representative, NYS Department of Health

The relevance of this course transcends discipline. I walked away feeling better equipped to do my job - looking at our health systems and structures differently. The knowledge I gained is invaluable.

Melina Nord, Coordinator, Clinic Integration Heartland Health Centers

Every day I work with patients from different ethnic and racial backgrounds. This training reminded me of the importance of empathy and giving my patients space to express their feelings and share their concerns. Christie piqued my interest, and I want to take the time to learn more about bias, sterilization programs, and research gaps.

Melissa Clark, MS, Senior Director, United Way of Dutchess-Orange

This course provides an extraordinarily thoughtful and expert approach to discussing complex historical topics. Christie knows how to reach her audience; she is an engaging, passionate speaker who does a beautiful job of simplifying complex issues.

Josie Hartnett , Senior Research Associate, Office of Research, Stamford Health

After this course, I feel better equipped in developing interventions and researching the complete elements and factors of discrimination within our communities. I highly recommend this course.

Veronica Sek, MPH, Community Health Worker Director, Malcolm X College

Christie offered our community health worker program at Malcolm X College the "History of Health Disparities" workshop to over 100 students, staff, and community partners. The feedback was impressive. The information provided was relevant to the target population – participants related to the historical context of the disparities discussed. The information provided folks with essential and necessary perspectives, which will bridge service gaps with vulnerable populations.

Course Bonuses

  • Bonus Materials

    You will receive several complimentary materials, including a handout to reflect on lessons learned, a health equity checklist, and a recommended reading list for further learning.

  • Live Roundtable

    Meet Christie and other participants during a roundtable discussion! You can get your questions answered, discuss how you are implementing what you learned, and network with others interested in health equity.

  • "Medical Apartheid" Book

    The first five people to register for the course will receive a complimentary copy of Harriet Washington's book "Medical Apartheid."

Enrollment closes on June 23rd — don't miss out on this incredible learning opportunity!

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  • Who should take this course?

    This course is appropriate for many professionals, including public health practitioners such as community health workers, health educators, program managers, and evaluators. We also recommend it for folks working with community members or patients, such as social workers, nurses, and patient advocates. Nonprofit leaders working to advance health equity in their community would also benefit.

  • When will the course be available?

    The course will be available at the time of purchase between June 7th and June 23rd, 2021. You will have lifetime access.

  • How much does the course cost?

    For just $97, you will have access to all of the modules, course materials, a live discussion, and future content updates.

  • Are continuing education credits available?

    Yes! 3.0 CHES/MCHES credit are available at no additional charge.

  • How much time will the course take?

    The course is approximately three hours in length, but is self-paced and broken up into multiple modules.

  • How long do I have access to this course?

    You will have lifetime access to the course.

  • What if I am unhappy with the course?

    We would never want you to be unhappy! Contact us in the first 15 days and we will give you a full refund.

Expert Speakers

Christie VanHorne, M.Ed, MPH

Course Creator

Christie is the president of CVH Consulting and founder of How to Talk to Your Doctor. She developed this course to address the historical context of unethical treatment in medicine. The course combines her expertise and passion for history, public health, and social justice. Contact:

Leonore Okwara, MPH

Health Disparities Research

Leonore Okwara, MPH is the Founder and CEO of Public Health Research Consulting (PHRC), which provides community engagement and trust building strategies through online courses, Research in Community of Color Summits, Research Roundtables, speaking engagements, workshops, and webinars. Contact:

Jasmine Leonard, MPH

The History of Juneteenth

Jasmine Leonard, MPH, is a public health professional who creates thought-provoking seminars and videos on the historical impacts of slavery, institutional discrimination, and medical mistreatment based on racism. Over the past year, her videos have been viewed by hundreds of individuals. Contact:

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