Course Unit | David Satcher

David Satcher


Objective: Students will understand Dr. Satcher’s use of his role as Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health to advance the cause of reduction of health disparities. 

Justification: Dr. Satcher was a highly-influential, high-level civil servant who has consistently criticized health disparities and their underlying socioeconomic causes and used his position to bring these issues to a head.

 •Outline Dr. Satcher’s understanding of health disparities and their causes – where does he believe they come from?

•How did Dr. Satcher use his role as Surgeon General to bring health disparities to the forefront of the nation’s conscience?

•Why does Dr. Satcher support a single payer health plan of the government reimbursing healthcare providers?