An introduction to Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)



Reconceptualizing Social Determinants of Health and Working Towards Systemic Change . . . is one of the many engaging offerings we have lined up for our Virtual Health and Family Institute Conference which will run the week of March 28-April 1, 2022.

Presented by Dr. Anjali Gowda Ferguson, PhD,  attendees will have an introduction to Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). They will gain an understanding of the impact of larger systems on health, mental health, and access to care. Participants will begin to build awareness of the complexities of systemic racism and how we must reconceptualize our practices to think more holistically. The session will include case examples and activities to promote application of knowledge with a brief introduction to racial trauma and culturally responsive approaches.

Dr. Ferguson is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in trauma-informed care (to include racial trauma), early childhood mental health, and parenting. Dr. Ferguson’s research and clinical interests include culturally competent models of care with efforts to promote community engagement of diverse populations and demystify mental health. Dr. Ferguson earned her Doctorate in Medical Clinical Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is currently the staff psychologist for the Child Development Clinic in the division of Developmental Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and the Psychology Faculty for the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (VA-LEND) Program.



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