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In Pursuit of the Big Picture: What are Social Determinants of Health and Why Do They Matter In Physical Therapy?

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NOTE: This was a free webinar and there are NO CEUs awarded.

Social and economic factors are known predictors of disease and injury, as well as access and outcomes associated with medical care. Current legislative and policy trends in payment for health and medical services have made these social determinants of health increasingly important for physical therapists to consider. This course will consist of two parts. The purpose of the asynchronous, online portion of the course is to define social determinants of health and health care, and to discuss how they are measured across populations. Special emphasis will be placed on specific examples from physical therapy practice. A live discussion will then take place, which will permit participants to interact over the course content and refine specific action items to apply understanding of social determinants of health to practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Differentiate between health and medical care disparities, inequities, and inequalities
  2. Discuss the current research evidence related to health and medical care disparities based on socioeconomic status and race
  3. Apply understanding of health and medical care disparities to scenarios from physical therapy practice

Todd E. Davenport


Dr. Davenport serves as tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Dr. Davenport is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s DPT and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency programs, as well as Master of Public Health program at the University of California - Berkeley. He is a past clinical research fellow at the Warren G. Magnusson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where his work included construction and validation of function–based physical capacity tests for patients with chronic fatiguing illnesses.

Dr. Davenport's clinical and research interests, as a physical therapist, broadly have included the effect of iatrogenic loading on the neuromusculoskeletal system in health and pathology. His main focus involves outcomes research and evidence synthesis in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Dr. Davenport is also interested in the epidemiology of noncommunicable diseases, as well as program planning and evaluation as they relate to the prevention of injuries and chronic diseases. Dr. Davenport has authored articles describing clinical reasoning processes for the symptom-based diagnosis of pathology by physical therapists in order to determine the appropriateness of physical therapy and guide intervention. Dr. Davenport is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, as well as a reviewer for several journals in the fields of rehabilitation and rheumatology. Dr. Davenport is the recipient of several distinguished service, teaching, and research publication awards. In addition to his academic and service work, Dr. Davenport practices at the Kaiser Permanente Stockton Medical Office.

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