July 2012 Blog Posts (9)

Touchdown or lost yardage? an op-ed on the health impact of a new stadium in downtown LA

This piece was published today at LAStreetsBlog. http://la.streetsblog.org/2012/07/30/oped-touchdown-pass-or-lost-yardage-what-will-it-be-aeg/

As places celebrating athletic discipline and active lives, professional sports stadiums should energize physical activity and empower…


Added by Rishi Manchanda on July 30, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Asking about firearms in your practice

Maybe pediatrician (and HealthBegins' co-founder) Ricky Choi's opinion piece last year in the SF Chronicle inspired this internist's OpEd in today's Boston Globe. Like Dr. Koven and surely many others outraged by the notion…


Added by Laura Gottlieb on July 30, 2012 at 9:53am — 1 Comment

Do you use the 2-1-1 service in your clinic?

In many states and local communities, people can get connected to community resources simply by dialing 2-1-1.  For example, if a patient has a housing issue, in many parts of the U.S. she can call 2-1-1 to get connected to local resources such as legal aid.  Health practitioners can refer unemployed patients to 2-1-1 for work support such as job training, transportation assistance and education programs.  There are many other services such as mental health and addiction resources as…


Added by Linda Sharp on July 29, 2012 at 10:14pm — 3 Comments

FQHCs in the news

The Atlantic highlights an article published in the American Journal of…


Added by Amanda Calvert on July 16, 2012 at 7:52pm — 2 Comments

Camden, New Jersey- using geomapping to "bend the cost curve" while improving quality

Watch this video of Atul Gawande of the New Yorker interview Dr. Jeffrey Brenner on his work as part of the Camden Coalition:

In the video, Dr. Brenner describes his "hot spotting" work- geotargeting patients with the highest medical costs.  He thinks we can use these methods to improve health care and reduce costs across the…


Added by Linda Sharp on July 12, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Food Insecurity in California: Why our social screening tool is important

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research recently published a policy brief that found that 3.8 million adult Californians were unable to afford food at least once in the previous year.  The clinical setting can be utilized to assist food insecure families and provide appropriate referrals.  Read more…


Added by Amanda Calvert on July 10, 2012 at 4:37pm — 2 Comments

What does Cambridge have that Oregon doesn’t?

At the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) outside of Boston, they have gotten smart about the way they take care of Medicaid patients- by taking medicine upstream.  One success story is their comprehensive care plan for poor children with asthma:  by coordinating with the CDC’s Healthy Homes program (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyhomes/) and using a proactive outreach plan, they reduced ER visits and inpatient admissions by 95%.  In fact, they were so…


Added by Linda Sharp on July 10, 2012 at 9:18am — 2 Comments

ACA: How do you stack up?

Take this quiz, written by the Kaiser Family Foundation, and see how your knowledge of ACA compares to the rest of the country.  The comparison is made from the Kaiser Family Foundation's monthly Health Tracking Poll.


Added by Amanda Calvert on July 6, 2012 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

Pick up your video camera and join the social medicine challenge!

Doctors for Global Health (www.dghonline.org) believes that health begins where we live, work, and play, and therefore that "health justice" can be defined in the widest sense, recognizing that there are numerous socio-economic factors (social determinants of health) responsible for health inequities across the globe. For this reason, Doctors for Global Health is inviting individuals and/or groups to…


Added by Linda Sharp on July 5, 2012 at 12:55am — 2 Comments

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