September 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Financial Education/Counseling Platform Available--for Free!

For those interested in learning more about how to address financial health (in or outside of clinical settings) we have a new resource to share!

"The Asset Platform is a resource for staff at nonprofit organizations and agencies that provide financial education, coaching, asset development and other support services. delivers…


Added by Laura Gottlieb on September 28, 2012 at 9:50am — 2 Comments

It's a SNAP Vaccine!

Check out this terrific report from Children's HealthWatch on SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) benefits. Key findings described in the report include: 

  • Children eligible but not receiving SNAP benefits are at higher risk for developmental delay and underweight. 
  • Children from immigrant families whose families receive SNAP benefits are in better health and more…

Added by Laura Gottlieb on September 26, 2012 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Tell your patients to hit the books for better health

According to a recent study, U.S. adults with fewer than twelve years of education have life expectancies similar to adults in the 1950s and 1960s.  If this isn't alarming enough "when race and education are combined, the disparity is even more striking." These gaps have widened over time, with the report suggesting there are "two terms of life expectancy, demarcated by level of…


Added by Linda Sharp on September 25, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Rx Democracy- Online Voter Registration in California

According to Rishi Manchanda, MD, "for a growing number of doctors, nurses, and health professionals, upholding the right to a way to help break the vicious cycle that links civic and health disparities."

Now in California voters can simply go…


Added by Linda Sharp on September 24, 2012 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

UCSF Global Health Hospital Medicine Fellowship call for applications

From our dear colleagues at UCSF:

We are excited to announce that the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF is now recruiting for…

Added by Linda Sharp on September 18, 2012 at 4:24pm — 1 Comment

Eliminating waste means opportunities to improve health where it begins

A recent report by the Institute of Medicine showed that "pervasive inefficiencies, inability to manage a deepening clinical knowledge base, and a reward system poorly focused...all hinder improvements and threaten the nation's economic stability."  Missed prevention opportunities alone amounted to $55 billion in potential savings.  Also important is…


Added by Linda Sharp on September 11, 2012 at 11:58pm — No Comments



This week:  What is the relationship between education and health?

Labor Day weekend is over, and its back to school time for students across the U.S.  This week, in honor of fall, we explore education and its impact on health.  Our founding member, Dr. Laura Gottlieb explores the topic…


Added by Ricky Y. Choi on September 11, 2012 at 12:39am — No Comments

End health-care disparities The U.S. has been good at documenting gaps, poor at delivering solutions.

When I was a medical student in San Francisco in the 1980s, I did most rotations at county and VA hospitals. Most patients were poor, and many were from racial and ethnic minority groups.

One day, two teenage Asian American boys were wheeled into the trauma emergency room, already…


Added by Ricky Y. Choi on September 6, 2012 at 11:40am — No Comments

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