Health Inequities

A particular focus of the fellowship curriculum will be education in inequities in the field of MS including difficult access to healthcare and disease-modifying therapy for patients due to their socioeconomic status and ethnical background. In particular, UF’s patient population includes a large number of patients that due to their geographical location and socioeconomic status have only limited access to specialized healthcare. Persons with MS with low income, education, and health literacy suffer from significant health disparities. Fellowship training will include weekly clinic meetings to particularly discuss these individual socioeconomic barriers to optimal MS care. The fellow will be trained in how to address and solve these health inequities including specific training in how to utilize assistance programs offered by various foundations and pharmaceutical companies. The fellow will also conduct a neurodisparity-focused research project as detailed in the Research Section.