Learning health equity frameworks within a community of scholars

Kamila A. Alexander, Tiffany Dovydaitis, Barbara Beacham, Julia M. Bohinski, Bridgette M. Brawner, Carla P. Clements, Janine S. Everett, Melissa M. Gomes, Holly Harner, Catherine C. McDonald, Esther Pinkston, Marilyn S. Sommers

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Scholars in nursing science have long espoused the concept of health equity without specifically using the term or dialoguing about the social determinants of health and social justice. This article describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of a doctoral and postdoctoral seminar collective entitled "Health Equity: Conceptual, Linguistic, Methodological, and Ethical Issues." The course enabled scholars-in-training to consider the construct and its nuances and frame a personal philosophy of health equity. An example of how a group of emerging scholars can engage in the important, but difficult, discourse related to health equity is provided. The collective provided a forum for debate, intellectual growth, and increased insight for students and faculty. The lessons learned by all participants have the potential to enrich doctoral and postdoctoral scientific training in nursing science and may serve as a model for other research training programs in the health sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-574
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2011


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