Real World Experience with Diverse Population Health Issues

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Global is Local

From post-traumatic stress disorder to acute malnutrition, students at CUHCC gain real world experience with diverse population health issues.

Students engage with a global patient population and will be able to learn first hand about global health issues. CUHCC’S patient population comes from over 12 different racial and ethnic groups that span five continents. Of the 12,000 patients served in 2012, over 76% of CUHCC’s patients are ethnic or racial minorities and an estimated 33% have limited English proficiency. Of the patients who reported their income, 70% live at or below federal poverty guidelines.

Learn more about CUHCC patient demographics

Complexity of Care

Students trained at CUHCC care for patients with complex and co-morbid conditions that are impacted by culture and social situations due to poverty.

CUHCC offers resources to address the socio-economic barriers stemming from poverty and tailors its services to meet the culturally specific needs of patients. Our goal: Better health for our patients and community.

Common medical, social and behavioral health issues faced by CUHCC patients:

Uncontrolled diabetes, depression, poverty, language barriers, homelessness, advanced tooth decay, sexually transmitted infections, smoking, malnutrition, bipolar, pregnant, victim of domestic violence, HIV, no legal status, obese, khat chewer, psychosis, tuberculosis, substance abuse, no dental access, post-traumatic stress disorder, cultural barriers, hypertension, cancer.

Smiling woman sitting at a table in CUHCC

I saw my first true case of acute malnutrition at CUHCC--a young refugee who was infected with multiple parasites and worms when she arrived in the U.S. I was able to treat her for the various parasites and then worked with the nutritionist to make sure that her family could find culturally acceptable food that would help her recover and gain weight. 

Lauren Havemen, Med-Peds Resident