June 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Dear Ms.Patient, Great Things are Happening

Dear Ms. Patient,

I hope this letter finds you well.

Let me begin by saying that it is such a privilege to care for your family.  It has been a joy to watch your children grow and your family thrive.  I’m sure you will agree that we have been through a lot together.

As you know, I am devoted to help in keeping your family healthy, despite the many obstacles that have arisen.  Remember the time when your husband lost his job?  You not only…

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Added by Ricky Y. Choi on June 30, 2012 at 4:12pm — 2 Comments

Beyond the Prescription: A curriculum for health providers on the social determinants of health

This spring, I worked with the UCLA Department of Urban Planning Community Scholars Program to develop a curriculum for health providers that focuses the social determinants of health.  It contains seven modules on various social factors that affect health, including work environment, housing, migration status, race and discrimination, education, and others.  While our focus was South Los Angeles (an area of LA County that…

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Added by Linda Sharp on June 28, 2012 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Good for the soul

Hallelujah! Health care law upheld today! 

Added by Laura Gottlieb on June 28, 2012 at 9:05am — No Comments

HealthBegins Founder's Blog in Health Affairs

Check out the terrific new blog by HealthBegins founder Rishi Manchanda. He writes compellingly (if we do say so ourselves) not only about the relevance of voter engagement, but also about what we can do address it in our health care settings. Nice work, Rishi!

Added by Laura Gottlieb on June 27, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Are you looking for a primer on health equity?

This web-based training series from The Prevention Institute (www.preventioninstitute.org) consists of an online learning toolkit to help health practitioners and policy advocates build knowledge of health equity, social determinants, and community health. 

Check out Module 3, where they explore "18 community factors that affect health" including components of…

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Added by Linda Sharp on June 20, 2012 at 11:58pm — 2 Comments

Project 50: Permanent Supportive Housing for the Homeless Yields a Surplus

Los Angeles County’s Project 50 gives chronically homeless residents a permanent roof over their heads.  A recent review of the two-year program showed an overall surplus of medical and other savings to Los Angeles County when housing issues were addressed first.  Evaluation of medical services, incarceration, and overall public spending revealed cost savings of $3.284 million, a surplus of $238,700, or nearly $5000 per person. …

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Added by Linda Sharp on June 16, 2012 at 8:02pm — 1 Comment

Debt as a risk factor for obesity

I just ran across this 2009 cross sectional study from German researchers Munster et al that identifies an independent relationship between "over-indebtedness" and overweight/obesity. The ORs on these findings were impressive (2 and 2.5). That's after adjusting for other socioeconomic status variables--including income. As a result, the authors suggest that we think about debt in addition to more…

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Added by Laura Gottlieb on June 13, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

CHCs and the Social Determinants of Health

The Institute for Alternative Futures recently posted their report on CHCs Leveraging the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). The report itself contains useful information about a variety of ways that CHCs can engage in SDOH-related work, and it embeds a mechanism for those from CHCs to report on the work you're doing in this area. The IAF report will gain strength from more reports, so please list your activities if…

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Added by Laura Gottlieb on June 13, 2012 at 2:19pm — No Comments

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