June 2014 Blog Posts (9)

JAMA: The Case for Social Medicine

Big shout out to medical student Komal Kothari who published in this week's JAMA on "The Case for Social Medicine." (Attached here as Kothari.pdf because it's not up on PubMed yet.)

It would be great to be able to share the Harvard Introduction to Social Medicine and Global Health…


Added by Laura Gottlieb on June 29, 2014 at 8:54pm — 2 Comments

Reminder - SocMed Uganda 2014 Course Applications Due Soon

Greetings all,

A reminder that our application deadline is quickly approaching at the end of June.  We welcome applications from all interested health professional students.


Michael Westerhaus, SocMed


On behalf of SocMed, we are please to invite health professional students to apply for the fifth annual course Beyond the Biologic Basis of Disease: The Social and Economic…


Added by Michael Westerhaus on June 19, 2014 at 6:43am — No Comments

A Shout out for MedEd Portal SDH Training Videos!

Another resource for all HB health professional teachers! The Cincinnati Children's Hospital has created a very user-friendly, peer-reviewed set of training modules for teaching clinicians to screen for social determinants of health. The videos are loaded on MedEd Portal through AAMC and are free to all AAMC users. You can sign up at AAMC and create a user log in/password also for no…


Added by Laura Gottlieb on June 18, 2014 at 8:35pm — No Comments


Happy Graduation to all the graduates in your families and communities!  Education is one of the most important ways to live a healthful life, and so every graduation season is a time to celebrate.  A special congratulations to all the high school seniors at Alliance…


Added by Linda Sharp on June 14, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

A powerful prescription for better public health: raise the minimum wage

[This blog was posted on  The Pump Handle and is cross-posted with the author's permission)

by Rajiv Bhatia, M.D.

Over the past three decades, real wages for low-income workers in the United States have either stagnated or declined. The federal minimum wage is intended to…


Added by Rishi Manchanda on June 9, 2014 at 11:09pm — No Comments

New Report! The Business Case for Addressing SDH in Clinical Settings

Check out this informative new report about the Emerging Business Case for SDH Clinical Interventions. Commonwealth Fund, Skoll and Pershing Square Foundations teamed up to support Manatt Health Solutions to do this work. Full report is available here: …


Added by Laura Gottlieb on June 6, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Civic Capacity

I have a tool that measures the civic capacity of a community.  The ability and skills of a group to get plugged into the system and begin to set the agenda for issues in their community are key to improving social conditions.

Added by Lauri Andress, Ph.D. on June 1, 2014 at 1:28pm — 1 Comment

super educational resource on vuln. pops.

GREAT seeing Dr. Laura Gottlieb!

found out that Health Begins-ers may not yet be aware of a wonderful resource, "Caring with Compassion" @caringwithcompassion.org.

it's a free, evidence based curriculum on caring for vulnerable and underserved populations. It's great to go through yourself, with colleagues, or to "use" with learners.

you have to sign up for it, but it's free:…


Added by John Henning Schumann on June 1, 2014 at 1:28pm — 1 Comment


Welcome to our newest members, and thank you to all of those who have shared HealthBegins with friends and colleagues.  We are a growing community of health providers and other health experts interested in understanding and addressing social factors from within clinical settings.



Added by Linda Sharp on June 1, 2014 at 12:56pm — No Comments

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