July 2014 Blog Posts (11)


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Added by Rishi Manchanda on July 21, 2014 at 12:01am — No Comments

Your Story in a TED Talk: Are You Moving Health Care Upstream?

Do you know a clinic that helped move health care upstream by addressing the social and environmental conditions that make people sick? Have you played a role in moving healthcare upstream?

We want to hear your story!  We would love for the world to hear it too!

On August 6th, I will record a TED Talk about…


Added by Rishi Manchanda on July 20, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Stressed Out in America: NPR Series

NPR is running a great series on stress and health. It kicked off with a NPR/ RWJF/ HSPH survey on stress in the US - Stressed Out: Americans Tell us About Stress in Their Lives - and follows with For Many Americans, Stress…


Added by Rajiv Bhatia on July 15, 2014 at 8:11am — No Comments

Study: Linking Poverty and Child Obesity

In a study of approximately 1000 low birth weight infants, by the age of two to six years old, children who lived in poorer neighborhoods had much higher BMIs than their counterparts in wealthier neighborhoods. “The study identifies for the first time the effects of neighborhood-level poverty, family poverty and ethnicity on children’s weight, shedding new light on the origins of adult health disparities, the authors say.”…


Added by Ricky Y. Choi on July 11, 2014 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Integrating Brief Action Planning (BAP) and Poverty Screening tools into an EMR

Check out these great examples of how to incorporate new tools into an EMR created By Dr. Bruce Hobson of Powell River BC. The first one is an example of how Brief Action Planning (BAP), can be incorporated into an EMR.  


For more information on BAP visit The Centre for Collaboration…


Added by Sam Burnett on July 10, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

NEW LINK! Harvard Medical School Social Medicine Curriculum Available at HealthBegins!

Many thanks to David Jones, MD, PhD for sending on the Harvard Medical School Introduction to Social Medicine and Global Health Course Curriculum. It's chock full of great readings and cases for discussion and could be adapted for use in other teaching settings. And an extra thanks to Komal Kothari for helping us make…


Added by Laura Gottlieb on July 8, 2014 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Getting Behind Minimum Wage and Sick Days Campaigns

City and state campaigns to raise the minimum wage and mandate paid sick days are  taking off all over the country and in many places health leaders have been stepping up and speaking out powerfully. Chicago, Los Angeles are both considering following the lead of Seattle and a citizens initiative will be on the ballot this fall in Oakland.…


Added by Rajiv Bhatia on July 5, 2014 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment


Happy Independence Day to our HealthBegins community! 

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. 

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Added by Linda Sharp on July 4, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Psychology of Poverty- TEDMED July 8th

Just heard about this TEDMED talk "The Psychology of Poverty" on July 8th at 12 pm EST.  To learn more, or to sign up for the talk, follow this link

For those who want to read an interesting article about how the daily stress of poverty can impact health, this article about …


Added by Linda Sharp on July 4, 2014 at 11:34am — No Comments

Projects that Work Competition!

I would like to invite all you health innovators with a Project-in-the-works (must be 3 years or older) to consider submitting your project to the "Projects that Work" competition at the annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health in Fortaleza, Brazil. For those who aren't familiar with The Network, I pulled this from their website:

The Network: Towards Unity for Health is an international organisation of academic health professions institutions and…


Added by Tatyana Guerrero-Pezzano on July 2, 2014 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Hack to End Homelessness

Excited to hear about this recent event in Seattle, WA-  "Hack to End Homelessness" which brought together design and technology experts to address homelessness and its root causes. 

Projects that came out of the conference include an app that helps homeless youth find shelter and tools to help service providers improve care delivery.  Among the projects completed includes a…


Added by Linda Sharp on July 2, 2014 at 5:57pm — No Comments

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