A key reason that health professions schools send
students outside of the academic setting for training with community
practitioners is to give students a broader picture of the health
problems typically encountered in community practice. Community
preceptors can offer a unique perspective on patients' lives within
the context of the community as well as an understanding of the
multiple community-based influences on health and illness. In addition,
they model for students the life of a professional in a community
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- Describe community-based influences on health and
illness and the health practitioner's interaction with
those influences on health and illness and the health
practitioner's interaction with those influences.
- Design activities to introduce students to the community
and its resources.
- Identify the five essential features of Community-Oriented
Primary Care and develop activities to teach students
how to apply them.
- Articulate the importance of understanding sociocultural
differences among members of the practice population.
- Illustrate for students the health care provider's
role as a professional, a community member, and a family