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THE ROLE OF SIMULATION IN BLACK CATHOLIC HEALTH

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Promoting Black Health Through Simulation Education

Introduction

Health disparities among Black Americans in the United States are persistent and pervasive. These disparities are a result of systemic injustices and inequalities that have created and maintained inequitable structures. In order to address these disparities, it is crucial to empower Black communities to understand the systemic factors that contribute to their health outcomes and provide them with effective strategies to navigate these challenges.

The Role of Simulations

Simulations have been widely used to help people understand the experiences of marginalized communities and promote empathy. However, our approach is unique in that we work specifically with low-income Black communities, with a focus on Black Catholics. Through over 15 simulated businesses and coaching sessions, we recreate the systemic structures that contribute to health inequities, allowing participants to critically analyze their situation and develop strategies for transcending these limitations.

Addressing the Problem of Disparities

The health disparities faced by Black Americans are rooted in a phenomenon known as “diminished gain.” This refers to the systematic reduction in the health benefits of socioeconomic resources and psychological assets for Black individuals compared to their White counterparts. Diminished gain has been historically overlooked as a contributing mechanism to racial health disparities. Structural racism plays a significant role in creating societal barriers that perpetuate these inequities.

Empowering Black Communities through Simulation Education

Our simulation education program aims to empower Black communities by providing them with a comprehensive understanding of the systemic factors that contribute to their health disparities. By engaging participants in simulated environments, they can recognize and analyze mythic thought processes that perpetuate these disparities. This experiential learning approach allows participants to develop effective strategies for overcoming these barriers and improving their overall well-being.

The Effectiveness of Simulations as a Pedagogical Approach

Simulations have proven to be an effective pedagogical tool for addressing systemic processes in society. By re-presenting reality in an educational manner, simulations enable subjects to analyze their own reality and gain insights into the underlying systemic factors that contribute to health disparities. The selection and exaggeration of components within the simulation are crucial in providing a clear understanding of the system under investigation. Simulations have the ability to clarify complex issues and prepare participants to address real-world challenges.

 

 

Conclusion

Simulation education offers a powerful approach to promote Black health by empowering communities to understand and address the systemic factors that contribute to health disparities. By providing participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to navigate these challenges, we can work towards creating a more equitable and inclusive healthcare system that better serves the needs of Black communities. Through our simulation program, we aim to bridge the gap between academic research and accessible education, ultimately promoting positive change in Black health outcomes.

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