An 8-session syllabus designed by Latinx advocates, scholars, and physicians

Tailor-made for high-school Latinx students to begin understanding and questioning the status-quo

Aiming to inspire creativity, scholarship, and a passion to initiate change

Explore health and its social determinants through a social justice framework


Explore health and its social determinants in the context of Durham County

Develop an appreciation of health outcomes in your specific neighborhoods by analyzing data and using research tools

Build teamwork and critical thinking skills to further explore how to affect change on the personal, familial, communal, state, or national level as it relates to nutrition and food insecurity



Define racism in healthcare

Understand how racism in healthcare manifests both within and outside of Durham/the Latinx community

Think critically about ways to combat racism in healthcare



Define key concepts related to mental health and stigma by exploring cultural factors in the Latinx community

Develop an appreciation for the lived experience of toxic stress

Learn about mental health clinical work as an avenue for activism

Learn about the anatomy and physiology of the human brain



Use data tools to explore the relationship between ecosystem health and human health

Define the principles of food justice

Learn about environmental injustice and the history of the environmental justice movement

Think critically about development of food and environmental justice interventions



Examine metabolic syndrome (obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, insulin resistance) and its complications that disproportionately affect the Latinx community

Develop an appreciation of the importance and how to develop early interventions for childhood obesity

Utilize medical school education methods to further explore the clinical effects of metabolic syndrome

Learn about the anatomy and physiology of the heart



Define key concepts related to reproductive justice and its impact on health outcomes, especially in the Latinx community

Address common misconceptions regarding sexual health

Examine sexual stigma, homophobia, and machismo, especially as it relates to HIV/AIDS in the rural south Latinx community



Explore healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors, especially among young adults in the Latinx community

Discuss consent, rape culture, and intimate partner violence and examine their relationship to reproductive justice

Revisit topics such as stigma, homophobia, and machismo



Connect the dots between all program topics discussed-to-date and the health inequities that affect the farmworker community

Learn more about rural medicine and advocacy by exploring how community organizations play a part in increasing access to healthcare


Build teamwork and critical thinking skills by:

learning the basics of identifying systemic causes of health disparities

assessing needs of vulnerable communities

broadly identifying key stakeholders

incorporating community resources to design comprehensive interventions, and

pitching a proposal to funders