Health Care History, Policies & Programs

The United States is one of the only wealthy, industrialized nations that does not provide access to health care for all its citizens, yet attempts to reform the system and expand access have historically met with bitter opposition. This module provides a tongue-in-cheek look at efforts to repeal the ACA, a unique glossary of terms with graphic art, an extensive timeline of the evolution of health care in America, and information about the Medicaid program.  

At the conclusion of this video/graphic series, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the historical evolution of health care delivery in the U.S.

  2. Understand and evaluate the size, scope, impacts, and major components of the Medicaid program.

  3. Recognize and define major terms related to health care policy and programs in the U.S.

  4. Recognize the roles that discrimination and politics play in the delivery of health care services.

Components of the video series:*

  • Liar, Liar Meets ACA Repeal

  • Health Care in America: Timeline

  • Medicaid by the Numbers

  • Health Care Glossary

*An extensive reference section is also available for download

Estimated Time to Complete video series: 1.5 hours (1.5 CE credits) 

Note: All course content must be viewed and an evaluation completed before the CE certificate can be issued.

Price: $20

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    New Chapter

    • Health Care in America: Timeline

    • Medicaid by the Numbers

    • Medicaid During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    • Drawing the Line: The Opioid Epidemic in America

    • Liar, Liar Meets ACA Repeal

    • A Plague Upon Us

    • Covid Timeline (with interactives)

    • Disparities in African American Health & Well-Being

    • Mr. Richarte Goes to the Hospital

    • Health Care Glossary & Graphic

    • The Opioid Epidemic During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    • Relief Policies During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    • Flashcards: Health Care Glossary Simple Terms

    • What is Anti-Poverty Medicine?

    • Flashcards: Abbreviations

    • Evaluation

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About the instructor

Founder, OfCourse!

Miguel Ferguson

Hello, my name is Miguel Ferguson. For about 20 years I taught courses in Social Welfare Policy, Poverty, and Social Justice in leading schools of social work around the country. I founded OfCourse! to make dynamic information on these topics accessible to social work students and faculty. OfCourse! Content is engaging and up to date, and can be used to enhance instruction across the social work curriculum: In the classroom, as a virtual textbook, online, or as part of a distance learning program. Now, more than ever, it's important that Social Work Students are competent policy practitioners with both the knowledge of current policies and programs and the skills to engage in policy change. OfCourse! materials are designed to make that happen, and are a great aid to busy faculty who want to provide top-notch content. With OfCourse! the only limit is your imagination!