Stopping Discrimination Before it Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Healthcare Disparities - A Medical School Curriculum

This curriculum is a joint project of the National Consortium for Multicultural Education for Health Professionals, Stanford University School of Medicine, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. Some aspects of culturally competent care including access for limited English proficient persons and non-discrimination in healthcare on the basis of race, color, or national origin are not only essential for delivering high-quality care, but may be legally required.

This curriculum introduces medical students to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law that prohibits recipients of federal funds, including hospitals that participate in the Medicare program, from discriminating on the basis of race, color or national origin.

Through role-playing and discussion during an extensive hypothetical exercise, students not only learn about possible discriminatory actions under Title VI, but also gain new appreciation for the role that physicians can play as leaders in the broader public policy arena regarding healthcare disparities and discrimination.

The content is presented in a 2 or 3-hour workshop aided by a detailed slide-by-slide facilitator guide including talking points, followed by a post-workshop assessment tool.

Type Course
CME Available No
Cost Free
Note 2009

Date of Resource

Genomic Competencies

Experts from the disciplines listed below have tagged this resource as fulfulling genomic competencies.

Genetic Counselor

  • Professional Development & Practice
    • 19:   Advocate for individuals, families, communities and the genetic counseling profession.
      • 19a:   Recognize the potential tension between the values of clients, families, communities and the genetic counseling profession.
      • 19b:   Support client and community interests in access- ing, or declining, social and health services and clinical research.
      • 19c:   Identify genetic professional organizations and describe opportunities for participation and leadership.
      • 19d:   Employ strategies that to increase/promote access to genetic counseling services.