Using the Community Action Poverty Simulation to Accelerate Learning About Health Equity


With nurse practitioners abating the shortage of primary care services, especially within poorly resourced areas, it is imperative that they understand poverty and how it affects health equity. We proposed to determine how poverty is perceived by nurse practitioner students and to improve understandings of upstream challenges of poverty. We used a mixed-method design that introduced a poverty simulation to 161 health provider students and conducted measures of poverty attitudes and experiences. Results indicated greater understandings of poverty and its antecedents and how to improve health equity in care. We recommend including experiential learning to improve quality of care.

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Journal for Nurse Practitioners