July 2013 Blog Posts (12)

Social determinants vital signs

National Center for Medical Legal Partnership's Megan Sandel just posted this blog on their national newsletter. I thought it might resonate with HealthBegins members. She suggests a social determinants vital sign alongside pulse, blood pressure and pain. If we were only allowed one item, what would it be?!?…



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Added by Laura Gottlieb on July 29, 2013 at 6:55am — 1 Comment

Researchers Link Deaths to Social Ills, New York Times

Fascinating approach to getting at the impact of social ills on mortality.

Researchers Link Deaths to Social Ills, New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/health/05social.html?_r=0

Poverty is often cited as contributing to poor health. Now, in an unusual approach, researchers have calculated how many people poverty kills and presented their findings, along with an…

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Added by Ricky Y. Choi on July 23, 2013 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Racial Disparities in Life Spans Narrow, but Persist

An interesting article about a study in today's New York Times regarding racial disparities in life expectancy.  Progress has been made but the job is not yet done.

The gap in life expectancy between black and white Americans is at its narrowest since the federal government started systematically tracking it in the 1930s, but a difference of nearly four years remains, and federal researchers have detailed why in a new …

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Added by Ricky Y. Choi on July 18, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments

Inadequate Use of Interpreters During Patient Care

Here is an article about a troubling study of pediatricians on interpreter use for patients who are limited English speakers.  The study finds the frequent use of a patient's family member to interpret for the patient. Language access is one of the greatest barriers to quality care for immigrant communities.  And while I do believe that most physicians (pediatricians in this case) would like the ideal scenario of seeing patients with a trained interpreter and the sufficient time to have that…

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Added by Ricky Y. Choi on July 15, 2013 at 7:56am — No Comments

THE HEALTHBEGINS NEWSLETTER- JULY 14TH, 2013

Join us for The Upstream Doctors book reading and Q&A session with Dr. Rishi Manchanda tomorrow- Monday July 15th at the Prevention Institute in Oakland, CA.  The event will discuss how health providers can move…

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Added by Linda Sharp on July 14, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

July 15th- Prevention Institute Hosts Book Reading with Dr. Rishi Manchanda

We are excited to announce the upcoming book reading at the Prevention Institute with HealthBegins founder, Dr. Rishi Manchanda, author of The Upstream Doctors.  The event will discuss how health providers can move upstream to help people stay healthy in the first place-instead of just treating symptoms.

Want to know what's already happening across the country to jump-start these kinds of…

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Added by Linda Sharp on July 14, 2013 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Guns and the Elderly- the role of health providers

Use of firearms is the most common method of suicide in the geriatrics population.  A public health approach to preventing gun violence, with physician engagement as a central element, is essential to improve health and safety for seniors. 

This article from the …

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Added by Linda Sharp on July 14, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Air Pollution and Heart Failure

A recent meta-analysis from The Lancet explores the close association between air pollution and heart failure.  The article explains that in the U.S., reductions in air pollution could save a third of a billion US dollars a year in reduced health costs associated with heart failure morbidity and mortality.…

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Added by Linda Sharp on July 11, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Health of Immigrant Children

Immigration status is a social determinant of health.  Recently, in light of immigration reform, HealthBegins founding member Dr. Ricky Choi discussed ways to improve the health of the nation's immigrant children. 

For more information on the health of America's immigrant children, see the …

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Added by Linda Sharp on July 11, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

THE HEALTHBEGINS NEWSLETTER- JULY 3RD, 2013

This is incredible! HealthBegins has welcomed nearly 100 new members in the past few weeks. Let's get to 500 members by July 5th!



Please invite your colleagues and friends to join the largest and fastest growing online community dedicated to improving…

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Added by Linda Sharp on July 3, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ten Things to Know about Health

This simple list may be useful to share with new interns and residents, or health students in any field.  It can also spark ideas for a lecture on social medicine or small clinic project.  Pdf version here. 

Ten Things to Know about Health…

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Added by Linda Sharp on July 3, 2013 at 7:11am — No Comments

Video Clip from Institute for Healthcare Improvement on Social Determinants in Clinical Settings

Check out this video from Dr. Holly Oh reminding us to ask about and provide social services/social supports that could affect patients' health and wellbeing. I found it on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Open School videos. This Fall, HealthBegins will offer downloadable videos and/or powerpoint slide decks for folks who need tools to present on social…

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Added by Laura Gottlieb on July 2, 2013 at 10:29am — No Comments

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