May 2013 Blog Posts (12)

Upcoming Prevention Fund vote

See William Haar's Forbes blog about protecting the Prevention Fund. I bolded what I found to be the amazing (though not surprising) figure here....

"Here are three key numbers that explain the Fund’s mission:

  • $2.7 trillion—the amount the U.S. spends every year on healthcare.
  • 70 percent—the portion that…

Added by Laura Gottlieb on May 31, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

TEDMED talk- Treating Violence As A Contagious Disease

Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Gary Slutkin at TEDMED 2013 talks about his concept of violence as a contagious disease.  HealthBegins used his concepts and the movie The Interrupters to help teach high school students about violence as a social determinant of health at the Alliance…


Added by Linda Sharp on May 27, 2013 at 8:27pm — No Comments

SNAP Benefits Cut

I thought James Marks' HuffPo blog on SNAP included a helpful description of funding cuts in the new Farm Bill. On a clinical level, cuts to SNAP and school meals programs will affect both safety net patients applying to and those already enrolled in food assistance programs. Benefits amounts will be reduced across the board on 11/1/13, and with additional cuts, it's…


Added by Laura Gottlieb on May 22, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Today at UCLA- High School Students Address the Social Determinants of Health

Join us this evening to hear about a HealthBegins in coordination with Alliance Health Services Academy in South LA.  See you there! …


Added by Linda Sharp on May 22, 2013 at 8:38am — No Comments

JAMA publishes Social Determinants commentary!

Great summary commentary (GargJackZuckermanJAMA.pdf) published in JAMA last month about what we can learn from pediatrics innovations in social determinants of health interventions. The authors' main points: 

1. Make address social determinants a key tenet of clinical guidelines

2. Screen for social…


Added by Laura Gottlieb on May 18, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments


Finish the week strong! 

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Added by Linda Sharp on May 17, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

May 22nd at UCLA- High School Students Address the Social Determinants of Health

May 22nd at 5:30 pm at UCLA- HealthBegins invites you to

The Future of Health Care- High School Students Address the Social Determinants of Health…


Added by Linda Sharp on May 16, 2013 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Poverty As a Childhood Disease

Nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States live in poverty. There is growing interest in the medical community to address this social determinant of health. Here is a great discussion from the New York Times:

Added by Ricky Y. Choi on May 14, 2013 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Communities of Solution!

Interesting issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM) out this past week, reviving concepts behind Communities of Solution, an idea focused on public health and primary care partnerships to improve population health. An overview article by Griswold et al can be found here; and an article that seems to resonate with the housing and health issues brought up in the…


Added by Brian Johnson on May 12, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Immigrant Child Health

This week the American Academy of Pediatrics released its statement on the care of immigrant, border and migrant children. While under discussed in the Senate's immigration debate, immigration reform is a significant opportunity to improve the situation for children in these communities.  Immigration policy recommendations include:

1) The health, well-being, and safety of children should be prioritized in all immigration proceedings. Whenever possible, the separation of a child from…


Added by Ricky Y. Choi on May 8, 2013 at 8:37am — No Comments

Housing for Health tackles L.A.’s tough homeless problem- Interview with Director Marc Trotz

Marc Trotz is currently the Director of Housing for Health, a new program that creates a broad range of residential housing options linked to the public health system within the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS).   Mr. Trotz comes to LA with plenty of experience; he has spent the last twenty-five years working in the public sector on housing and health policies in the San Francisco Bay Area.…


Added by Linda Sharp on May 4, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments


This May Day, we are reminded that work conditions have a tremendous impact on health-  from environmental exposures, safety regulations, work-related stress and everything in between. Thanks to all the hard working people who get up every day to do it all over again.  …


Added by Linda Sharp on May 1, 2013 at 8:01am — No Comments

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