Just hours after I posted the CDC video about homelessness, I saw this article in the NYT about the police officer in NYC who bought a pair of boots for a homeless man he had seen while on duty. Imagine how much cheaper those shoes are than that ED visit for frostbite. "…Continue
This video from the CDC reminded me to ask patients broadly about housing stability rather than just homelessness. So instead of asking about shelters or living on the streets, I ask directly about living in cars, living with friends, or living in temporary, overcrowded or non-traditional housing. I still think the CDC is a little short-sighted about all the things the healthcare system can…Continue
I couldn't help but think that a community health worker (CHW) would add more value to solving the problems presented in this NEJM article than a CPS agent....
Added by Linda Sharp on November 25, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
Seniors were among those most impacted by Hurricane Sandy. After the storm was over, I found myself worrying about the elderly people living alone along the east coast. Many of these folks, including large areas of New York City, live in…Continue
Added by Linda Sharp on November 19, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
The Community Toolbox is a free online platform by The University of Kansas that promotes community health and development by connecting people, ideas and resources. The site provides practical, step-by-step guidance for promoting community health and development. Really helpful for those interested in community-based health initiatives. …Continue
Added by Linda Sharp on November 18, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments
THE HEALTHBEGINS NEWSLETTER – November 17, 2012
Thank you! Our online community has reached 250 members, stretching across the U.S, from Hawaii to Massachusetts, and spanning the globe from Europe to Africa.
As we celebrate reaching our goal of bringing together a community of 250 health practitioners, academics, public health workers, and learners of every variety, we’d like to share a…Continue
Added by Linda Sharp on November 17, 2012 at 5:15am — No Comments
With the 2012 elections behind us, the job ahead is to turn hope into action.
On Tuesday, The Affordable Care Act managed to jump over yet another hurdle in its embattled journey as the law of the land. During this historic time, the work to be done is to improve our way to better health outcomes, and the ACA will help with that. Addressing the social determinants of health- the social context of people’s lives- is another important tool in the…Continue
Added by Linda Sharp on November 8, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
The MyHeartMap Challenge uses crowdsourcing to map AED locations in public places throughout Philadelphia. Using smartphones and rewarding participants with monetary prizes as incentives, over 1500 AEDs have been mapped in 46 of Philadelphia's 49 zip codes- information that would have otherwise taken considerable time and public resources to collect.
The data collected will be used for a…Continue
Added by Linda Sharp on November 8, 2012 at 12:05am — No Comments
With less than a week until election day, civic engagement is on our minds here at HealthBegins.
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Added by Linda Sharp on November 1, 2012 at 8:06am — No Comments
On the collision course around the economics of healthcare I referred to yesterday, Medicaid is on that collision path- now more than ever after the Supreme Court's ACA decision. A recent editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine states: "The Court's surprising decision to allow states to opt out of Medicaid could result in coverage looking a bit like Swiss cheese, with big gaps for the most…Continue
Added by Linda Sharp on November 1, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments