HealthBegins is excited to be in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Beyond Flexner Conference April 13th-15th. 

  • For twitter users, the conference organizers are @BeyondFlexner and you can follow events at #BF2015 and #BeyondFlexner
  • HealthBegins will be tweeting live from the event!  Will you be there?  Send us a message @HealthBegins on twitter. 

Our aim for members of HealthBegins:

  • SHARE EXPERIENCES and BEST PRACTICES to improve social circumstances that impact health
  • TEST OUT NEW IDEAS and INNOVATIONS for how to address social factors in clinical settings

Here is some top content from our blog:

  • More information about Beyond Flexner, a conference dedicated to improving the social mission of medical education, can be found here. 
  • study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine from a group in Dallas, Texas envisions a social-health information exchange to improve care for patients with social needs. 
  • Did you miss the great TEDMED discussion about making social determinants a true vital sign?  The full video conversation can be found here.

Transform your care:

Move Healthcare Upstream:  Healthcare can be better when all of us, including doctors and nurses, have the right tools and support to fix the upstream causes of illness in our lives.  Dr. Rishi Manchanda shares a checklist to help move healthcare “upstream” (adapted from The Upstream Doctors). 

Exciting news and events:

Watch Dr. Rishi Manchanda’s recent TED Talk on how to move healthcare upstream. 

And as always, if you want to learn more, we recommend the following….

For Upstreamists:  Join our LinkedIn group! Post a link or share our blog posts on Facebook and Twitter. Read our blog posts on our website. You can also write your own HealthBegins blog anytime! We welcome contributions on the site.  

Are you an Upstreamist? The Upstream Doctors is available on Kindle, Nook, or from the iBookstore.  We are grateful to Paul Farmer, who wrote a compelling essay about the book and the HealthBegins approach to social medicine and health.

Help our HealthBegins community grow!  Please invite your colleagues and friends to join our online community dedicated to improving clinical care and the social determinants of health for vulnerable patients. Click here to invite 3 colleagues in less than a minute.  As of June 1, 2014, we have 839 members from around the globe and more than 770 Twitter followers.


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