Field Epidemiology
 

Structural Competency: Engaging Stigma and Inequality in Medicine and Medical Training

Originally presented on March 2, 2016

Speaker:
Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD
Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society; Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, and Professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University

Jonathan Metzl, the psychiatrist and cultural analyst who coined the term “structural competency” and, with Helena Hansen, co-authored the main journal article on the topic. Dr. Metzl will review the origins of the term and discuss the 5-part model of structural competency. He will then describe the structural foundation of mental illness stigmatization in the United States, focusing on his research which connects the over-diagnoses of schizophrenia among Black men to racial anxieties stemming from social protests in the 1960s.

Dr. Metzl will conclude his presentation by describing an innovative program to train pre-health students in structural competency through the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on the origins of Structural Competency, the 5-part model of structural competency and the structural bases of stigmatizations of mental illness in the United States.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Identify the historical origins of Structural Competency
  • Describe the structural bases of stigmatizations of mental illness in the United States
  • Discuss how the structural origins of stigma vs schizophrenia intersected with political anxieties about race.
  • Explain the benefits of training pre-health students in structural competency

CE credits expired for this program on 4/30/2022.