September 2013 Blog Posts (15)

Addressing Upstream Factors in Emergency Medicine- Highland Hospital

I recently learned about this new project that addresses patients' social needs in the emergency department at Highland Hospital in Oakland- see the information below, taken from the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine website. 

I am looking forward to hearing more about the project, and how those of…

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Added by Linda Sharp on September 24, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Care Innovations for Our Sickest Patients- Webinar Sept 25th

This webinar may be of interest for those in safety net primary care settings working with medically and socially complex patients. 
Dr. Anjali Taneja and health coach Jeanette Salabarria will…
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Added by Linda Sharp on September 24, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The 2013 APHA Health Activist Dinner - Sunday Nov 3rd.

For those who will be attending the American Public Health Association conference this November in Boston, MA, the 2013 APHA Health Activist Dinner will be held on Sunday November 3rd.  The keynote speaker will be Sir Michael Marmot, chair of the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health and…

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Added by Linda Sharp on September 22, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Anyone in geriatrics?

I'd love to connect with folks who work in geriatrics and believe, as I do, that how, where, with whom  one lives...... is a huge determinant of the ease of navigating old age.  I also cringe at the isolation of elders, keeping them from the eyes and ears of the rest of society  ..........so when it comes "close to home"........ families are clueless. 

Does the idea of a geriatric clinic.....staffed with those experienced in geriatrics..........used to head off a more expensive ER…

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Added by Amy Fox on September 21, 2013 at 2:29pm — 2 Comments

HuffPo article on increases in income inequality

Animated maps in this recent HuffPo article show the increase in US income inequality over the last 40 years. Visuals are reminiscent of the compelling video we posted earlier this year made by Politizane. Ezra Klein also has commented on these topics in a useful…

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Added by Laura Gottlieb on September 21, 2013 at 2:26pm — No Comments

More on childhood poverty and health

Several HealthBegins members this week shared insights and innovations to address childhood poverty and close socioeconomic disparities in health.  An article published this week entitled…

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Added by Linda Sharp on September 13, 2013 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Docs For Tots Launches New Website

So excited to share our new website.  The earliest years have profound influence on lifelong health and the healthbegins community is in a unique position to tap into your individual and collective passions, access to children and families and credibility as public advocates to ensure that we address the earliest influences of child health.

Explore and sign up for tools to use in practice, community and the advocacy arena with a focus on social emotional health, the early childhood…

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Added by Dina Lieser on September 12, 2013 at 1:48pm — 1 Comment

Raising Resilence

One of my goals as a physician and particularly as a pediatrician is to touch young lives and make them better. Health is not just about check ups and sports physicals and vaccines (although all of those are important components of healthy living). Health is about embodying a spirit of wellness and adopting a lifestyle that nurtures that spirit. This is part of what drew me to medicine – the opportunity to look into the face of our youth and encourage their spirit; to see the potential…

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Added by Rhea Boyd on September 11, 2013 at 12:29pm — 3 Comments

Dr. Doug Jutte Video from SOCAP!

Great video gives synopsis of how social determinants and health are entwined. Could be useful teaching tool for those teaching about public health. 

Added by Laura Gottlieb on September 9, 2013 at 10:20pm — 1 Comment

THE HEALTHBEGINS NEWSLETTER- SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2013

***HealthBegins Newsletter- Back to School Edition***

Welcome to our newest members!  We are an ever-growing community of over 500 health providers and other health experts interested in the social factors that impact health, and how to address social factors in clinical settings.



Top Content this week:  Poverty and Health Status

Poverty is Brain Drain:  An article published in the journal Science…

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Added by Linda Sharp on September 6, 2013 at 10:54am — No Comments

Institute of Medicine: Primary Care and Public Health

For anyone interested in how primary care and public health work can be integrated, the Institute of Medicine last year published Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Public Health

In the report, primary care is defined as “the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of…

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Added by Linda Sharp on September 5, 2013 at 3:31pm — No Comments

One in five U.S. households struggle with basic needs

See below for the press release today from the U.S. Census Bureau (via Nancy Krieger on the Spirit of 1848 listserve). 

Combined with other recent news (see Dr. Ricky Choi's post on how poverty impacts cognition), it helps us catch a glimpse…

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Added by Linda Sharp on September 5, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Poverty is brain drain

Here is an interesting study linking IQ and the stress of living poverty.  Thoughts?

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-77223720/



Poverty can sap brainpower, research shows



August 30, 2013, 5:08 p.m.…
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Added by Ricky Y. Choi on September 5, 2013 at 8:49am — 1 Comment

Income mobility and geography

Just read this article from NYT about chances that young people will change income strata based on where they grow up. This seemed to be the key:

"The researchers concluded that larger tax credits for the poor and higher taxes on the affluent seemed to improve income mobility only slightly. The economists also found only modest or no…

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Added by Laura Gottlieb on September 3, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

APHA Student Health Activist Award- call for nominations

The American Public Health Association (APHA) Student Health Activist Award is now open for nominations until September 15th, 2013.  To nominate a professional health student, follow this link

The Student Health Activist Award recognizes a U.S. health professional student whose actions exemplify a commitment to social justice, health equity and progressive causes.  The Award recipient will receive a formal…

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Added by Linda Sharp on September 2, 2013 at 9:37pm — 3 Comments

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