Recognizing Privilege as a Social Determinant of Health during COVID-19

Elizabeth A. Brown, Brandi M. White

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There is a need for health professionals to identify social determinants of health (SDOH) and understand the role they play in patients' health. In fall 2019, authors taught health care studies students about SDOH using a modified privilege walk to show how privilege as SDOH can impact health. This novel approach to teach about privilege and SDOH is even more relevant in today's COVID-19 world. It is our hope that those with more privilege will (1) have increased awareness and sensitivity and (2) use their voice and power to advocate for underserved communities who are disproportionately affected by historical injustices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0038
JournalHealth Equity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Elizabeth A. Brown and Brandi M. White, 2020; Published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2020.


  • health inequities
  • minority health
  • privilege
  • public health
  • social determinants of health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Information Management


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