Structural Competency

Position Statement on Structural Racism

In light of recent events, the members of the Structural Competency Working Group have drafted a position statement on steps that we as concerned healthcare workers can take during this time of great change to bring about health equity for all


Parts 1-3 of our webinar on Structural Innovations in the Time of COVID-19


Structural competency calls for a new approach to the relationships among race, class, and symptom expression. It bridges research on social determinants of health to clinical interventions, and prepares clinical trainees to act on systemic causes of health inequalities. While many health care professionals, such as social workers and public health practitioners, have long addressed structural determinants of health, clinical care has been focused on the individual, and often restricts the scope of cultural competency training to the beliefs and behaviors of individual patients. Structural competency aims to develop a language and set of interventions to reduce health inequalities at the level of neighborhoods, institutions and policies. For more information, click here.

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Interested in setting up a training for your institution or joining the Structural Competency Working Group?

If you are interested in setting up a structural competency training for your program or want to join the Structural Competency Working Group, check out the group’s website below!

The Structural Competency Working Group is comprised of healthcare workers, scholars, public health professionals, students, educators, and other community members. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2014, our goal is to help promote the training of health professionals in structural competency around the country and beyond. Toward this end, we develop and disseminate open-use structural competency curricula. We encourage institutions to use these materials to develop their own structural competency programs that meet their specific needs.