April 2013 Blog Posts (6)

How Healthy Are We?

This short video by Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, Senior Lecturer at the Departments of Health Services and Global Health of the University of Washington in Seattle, talks about his article "The Hurrider I Go the Behinder I Get: The Deteriorating International Ranking of U.S. Health Status".  This is a great way to frame important issues for students and colleagues about U.S. health indicators compared to other countries.…


Added by Linda Sharp on April 30, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Recent HuffPo blogs related to social determinants and medicine

Wanted to send out HealthBegins co-founder Ricky Choi's recent blog on gun violence prevention. If anyone is interested in writing a gun violence prevention piece--or just in learning more--check out the NPA's links here.

Also wanted to highlight San Francisco-based Dr. Christina Palmer's recent…


Added by Laura Gottlieb on April 24, 2013 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Ammunition against gun violence

Senate blocked gun control legislation today....

"Faced with the difficult decision of either gutting the bill of any real gun controls or letting it fall to a filibuster next week, Senate leaders opted to put it into a deep freeze. Democratic leadership aides promised that the effort could be revived if a public groundswell demanded…


Added by Laura Gottlieb on April 17, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Spotlight on Oregon- impacting the upstream drivers of health

Various experiments are underway to improve health by addressing social factors in Oregon's Medicaid population.  With a focus on prevention and impacting health before patients end up in the hospital or ER, local leaders have created projects that address such health issues as mold in low-income housing, heating and AC units to keep seniors out of the hospital, and a variety of other interventions.  Read more in…


Added by Linda Sharp on April 16, 2013 at 12:00am — 1 Comment


Greetings to our newest members!   We welcome you to share your enthusiasm, energy, and expertise with others on our site.  Please consider posting a blog about the work you do, or share your thoughts on how clinicians and communities can work together to improve the upstream factors that impact health.  


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Added by Linda Sharp on April 5, 2013 at 8:11am — No Comments

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