Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis open access


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Benjamin Sosnaud

Second Advisor

Amy Stone


The theory of cultural health capital factors in a patient’s resources in their likelihood of accessing quality healthcare. The notion of quantifying a patient’s resources when researching equitable care, inadvertently places more of a focus on patient based interventions: policies focused on expanding a patient's resources. Yet, I push past this approach and suggest studying practoner’s capital in parallel to patients as a better predictor of quality of care. Practitioner's employ their own resources to make healthcare more equitable for underserved populations, and empowering clinicians to serve as agents of change in the patient-provider relationship takes the weight off of patients and allows practitioners to influence the quality of care patient’s experience.