Director & Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
School of Medicine and Public Health | Physical Therapy Program
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Dr. Steinkamp has a Bachelor’s degree in human biology, a Master’s degree in physical therapy, an MBA, and a PhD in educational leadership and policy analysis. Her PT interests are in sports medicine, but her research is interested in the American health care system from a global perspective and health care disparities.
Study of the American health care system begins with an understanding of its distinctive history and characteristics. In essence, we try to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. system by “looking around” at other systems and by “looking in the mirror” at our own system. In so doing, we try to answer some basic questions: “How well are we doing?”, “How did we get here?” and “How can we do better?”, by looking at the three crucial variables of every system: cost, quality and access.
This talk introduces the social determinants of health and how the U.S. system, or any system, is a product of historical conditions and choices along with contemporary economic and social conditions. As well as how health system improvement and health equity can lead to better population health overall.
This talk is geared toward the novice and is a more of a question and answer format based on the audience’s exposure to sports or workplace injuries, including their treatment and prevention.