4.5 Conclusion

Key Learning Points

Here are the key learning points for this module:

  1. Health advocacy skills play a critical role in working with vulnerable populations and one must learn to listen to one’s inner advocate.
  2. A health advocate will requires skills to enable reaching out, to support inclusiveness and to ensure flexibility.
  3. There are many different levels of engagement when working with marginalized populations, and much can be done by speaking out without necessarily physically treating patients.
  4. One of the best ways of preventing burnout is to develop and maintain networks with other social activists, as well as marginalized patients across work settings.
  5. Being a health advocate means treating your patient in their own particular context, without dismissing their cultural concerns.
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It is only by reaching out to those who cannot easily access care that we can ever hope to limit health inequities and other social injustice, both locally and overseas.

I hope you enjoyed this module. Global Health is a fascinating field that lets us work in diverse settings and challenges us to reflect on the full spectrum of the human condition and develop our humanism ourselves. Good luck in your career!


Duration: 29 seconds

Authors

David Ponka, Kevin Pottie, Kate Merritt, Ayesha Ratnayake

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