Consortium on Health and Mobility

 
 

The Consortium on Health and Mobility is a Minnesota-based collaborative of educators and health care providers thinking about medical education that reduces disparities in  the 21st century.


The globalization of disease is the inexorable consequence of vastly increased and accelerated human mobility. Nearly 1 billion people cross international boundaries each year; a number projected to increase to 1.5 billion in a decade.


This enormous cohort—which includes immigrants, refugees, migrant workers, international adoptees, trafficking victims, internal migrants and displaced people, tourists and business travelers—represent a daunting new challenge to the practice of medicine and to the training of medical providers. 


US medical education programs are only beginning to address the complex issues that must be considered in preparing doctors to treat a globally mobile patient population.  These issues include variations in infectious disease exposures and prevalence; disparities in susceptibility and health status among patient groups; discordances in culture and language between patient and provider; systemic barriers to care, and more.


Medical education needs to be structured around a new paradigm, with a focus on human mobility and its impact on health, and a renewed commitment to truly patient-centered care. The Consortium on Health and Mobility is a Minnesota-based collaborative of educators and health care providers who are developing training recommendations to address this new paradigm.  


The Consortium is a collaborative process sponsored by the Medtronic Foundation, in partnership with the University of Minnesota and HealthPartners. Website design and management by Health Advocates.

 

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