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Stopping Discrimination Before it Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Healthcare Disparities

A Medical School Curriculum

Curriculum Details


Review a curriculum about the impact of civil rights laws on health care disparities. It is comprised of a facilitator's guide designed for a physician and an attorney to a deliver a workshop at a medical school.


After this curriculum, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the relevance of civil rights law to health care practice
  • Describe the current extent of health disparities
  • Identify and address potential discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Apply the law to a hypothetical health care scenario
  • Understand how the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Title VI through investigations and technical assistance to health care providers and entities

Developed by:

National Consortium for Multicultural Education for Health Professionals, Stanford University School of Medicine

  • Sylvia Bereknyei, MS
  • Clarence H. Braddock III, MD, MPH

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights

  • Tamara L. Miller, JD
  • Sheila M. Foran, JD
  • Kenneth D. Johnson, JD

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel

  • Angela J. Scott, JD