June 2013 Blog Posts (10)

Coordinated Care in Oregon addresses upstream drivers of health

Health Share of Oregon is a coordinated care organization for low-income communities that is taking the upstream drivers of health seriously.  Check out NPR's The Takeaway interview with CEO Janet Meyer here

What do you think?  Is your community clinic testing innovative ways to address the upstream drivers of health?  Please share your…


Added by Linda Sharp on June 30, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

A View From The Safety Net

To meet the needs of safety net patient populations, many clinics realize they need to go beyond the traditional medical model of disease to address the upstream drivers of health. This recent article from JAMA discusses enabling services as well as other ways we can re-focus our attention for those most vulnerable... The article, below, can also be found here. …


Added by Linda Sharp on June 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Cuts to SNAP rejected in Farm Bill defeat--What now?

I was relieved when the Farm Bill was defeated last week, but I'm worried that this could cause us to sit back when we actually need to lean in to help decrease food insecurity in our safety net patients. Consider these two not-so-fun facts: 

1. At least 25% of House Republicans opposed the Farm Bill because they thought cuts to SNAP were not deep enough. 

2. SNAP still doesn't reach a large percentage…


Added by Laura Gottlieb on June 25, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments


Summer has officially begun!  Welcome to our newest members from around the U.S. and across the globe- we are excited to have you join our online community.

Are you interested in teaching about the social determinants of health?…


Added by Linda Sharp on June 21, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Conference focuses on SDH in local and global context- Berkeley, CA

The Doctors for Global Health General Assembly will be held this summer from August 9th to11th in Berkeley, CA.  All health workers, including students, doctors, nurses, NPs, PAs, community organizers, artists and others interested in social change are invited to participate.  Register online here

Especially relevant for HealthBegins members are panel…


Added by Linda Sharp on June 19, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

Care Transitions and the Social Determinants of Health

Recently a colleague and I started a project to reduce readmissions at our safety-net hospital in South LA.  I feel like social issues are a huge factor during care transitions, yet how to address these needs is not well understood.  This quote, from a recent Commonwealth Fund Report, nicely sums up the…


Added by Linda Sharp on June 18, 2013 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Announcing the release of my new TED Book, "The Upstream Doctors"

I'm happy to announce that my new TED Book "The Upstream Doctors," is available for download as an e-book today on…


Added by Rishi Manchanda on June 6, 2013 at 3:31am — No Comments


**Monday Edition of the HealthBegins Newsletter**

Start the week with social medicine! 

Top Content this week:  

The Importance of Prevention, in its broadest…


Added by Linda Sharp on June 3, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

NPA Webinar: Health Care & the Immigration Debate with Jennifer Ng'andu

NPA is hosting a webinar Tuesday June 4th at 9pm EST on Health Care and the Immigration Debate.  Register here. A description from the website:  "Health care in this country is about to get better for millions of Americans, but the situation is highly complex for immigrant families. Opportunities and threats abound for these communities. The NPA invites you to learn about health care for…


Added by Linda Sharp on June 3, 2013 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Behavioral And Environmental Interventions Are Needed To Improve Health At Lower Cost

Yesterday's post by Dr. Laura Gottlieb reminded me of a 2011 Health Affairs article that explains why prevention efforts in the widest sense- such as looking at the upstream drivers…


Added by Linda Sharp on June 2, 2013 at 1:52pm — No Comments

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