Health Inequities, Health Disparities, and Moving towards Health Equity

This module is intended to build understanding of the topic of health equity, health inequities, and health disparities and to raise awareness and prompt critical thinking about the scope and extent of health inequities and health disparities present in practices across the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network. Everyone involved in healthcare delivery and administration can play an important part in moving toward health equity. We will explore resources and tools that can support individuals and practices in that movement. And we will hear from a variety of practices that have assessed and investigated the health inequities within their practice settings and taken steps to address them.





Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this module:

  • Define the concepts of health equity, health inequities, and healthcare disparities
  • Identify populations in their practice setting that are affected by health and healthcare inequities
  • Describe and utilize strategies for individual practice staff to reduce health inequities
  • Describe practice strategies to reduce health inequities

Intended Audience:

Practice providers, practice staff, and practice administrators and various other health care related fields

Module Structure:

This learning module is self-paced in structure and you can work through the materials at your own pace. Estimated time to complete will be 1 hours.  The module consists of 6 units and contains the following elements:

  • Video lessons
  • Interactive presentations
  • Hyperlinks to readings, videos, web resources, and tools
  • Pre & post assessment

Duration & Fee:

  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour (1 hours for those seeking CME credits)
  • CME Credits Offered: 1
  • Registration Fee: FREE

Hardware/Software Requirements

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.
  • The quiz tool within the online modules are not fully compatible with smartphones or tablets. In order to avoid issues, such as answers not being recorded, we recommend using a computer to complete the pre- and post-tests.

Table of Contents

  • Course Introduction (Orientation)
  • Test Your Knowledge (Pre-Test)
  • Unit 1: Introduction to Health Equity and Health Inequities
  • Unit 2: An exploration of populations affected by health inequities & application in practice: Building motivation for change
  • Unit 3: PRACTICE Strategies for Addressing Health Inequities: Collecting and Using Practice Data
  • Unit 4: PRACTICE Strategies for Addressing Health Inequities: Focus on Practice Policies and Activities
  • Unit 5: INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE STAFF Strategies for Addressing Health inequities:
  • Unit 6: Additional Recommended Reading and Resources
  • Course Wrap Up (Post-test, Evaluation Survey, and Completion Statement.)

Assessment and Grading:

This learning module begins with a Pre-Test that will test your knowledge and allow you to gauge your baseline understanding of the topics to be covered. Your pre-test score will not count toward your overall grade. At the end of the module, there is a Post-Test that will determine your final grade. A comparison of your Pre-Test score and Post-Test score will help to assess how much knowledge you’ve gained. You will have two attempts to complete the Post-Test. Your score must be 75% or better in order to receive a certificate for CME credit.

Please complete the evaluation survey at the conclusion of the learning module.

To Obtain CME Credits:

  • Complete the entire learning module.
  • Complete the Pre-Test, Post Test, and Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.
  • You must earn a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test in order to qualify for CME credits. You will have two attempts to complete the Post-Test.
  • After you confirm to completing the entire learning module and have received a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test, your certificate of completion for CME credits will be generated and available for you for download.
  • Download and print your certificate of completion and CME Documentation Form.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and Qualidigm.  The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.


The following planners, speakers and authors have indicated that they have no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

Amy Miller, BSHA/M
Program Specialist

Kathryn Vezina, MSN, RN, JD, CPHQ, Esq (Presenter)
Associate Executive Director
Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership

Emma Ansara, APRN, FNP-BC
Clinical Medical Director
HealthReach Community Health Centers

Leah Coplon, CNM
Clinical Director
Maine Family Planning

Christina Holt, MD
Preventive Medicine Residency Director
Maine Medical Center

Jessica Richards, CHES
Health Educator
Bucksport Regional Health Center

Melissa Tremblay, LCSW
Director of Clinical Services
Tri-County Mental Health Services

Magili Chapman Quinn, DO
Primary Care Physician

Contact Information

If you are having technical problems (video freezes or is unplayable, can’t print your certificate of completion, etc.) you can submit a Help Request ( to the Learning Lab Team. If you have questions related to CME credit and requirements (Pre and Post-test) or course content, you can contact the Online Support Team at


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