Welcome to the Healthcare Diversity Council! Here we strongly believe in a global representation in hospitals and clinics across the country, that every healthcare institution should mirror the environment and patients that it serves.
There are many opportunities to volunteer your time and talent in creating greater diversity and inclusion in Healthcare. Our volunteers get involved in all aspects of event planning and implementation, as well as outreach, communication, and advocacy within their organization and the community…
The Long Arm of Redlining: Health Inequities in the Digital Divide
by Janelle Armstrong-Brown, Jamie Humphrey, and Leah Sussman
Medical care is sometimes, though not on this blog, viewed as the gold standard to address inequities. However, access to medical care only accounts for an estimated 10-20% of the modifiable factors that affect population health. The other 80-90% of modifiable factors are often referred to as social determinants of health (SDOH). These are the… Read More » Author information Janelle Armstrong-Brown Dr. Janelle Armstrong-Brown is social behavioral scientist whose work focuses on understanding and addressing the impact of structural inequality on health outcomes in communities of color and vulnerable populations. She has a special interest in engaging with communities to identify sustainable solutions to address health inequities. | LinkedIn | The post The Long Arm of Redlining: Health Inequities in the Digital Divide appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.
Blood-Based Biomarker Tests Address Unmet Need in Alzheimer’s Disease Care
by Abbie Levinson
The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2021 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report [PDF] shares that currently, six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a number that has increased 145% since the turn of the century. Around the world, there are 50 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Only a quarter of would-be patients… Read More » Author information Abbie Levinson Public Health Analyst at RTI International. Interests include age-related neurodegeneration, language comprehension, and pupillometry. | LinkedIn | The post Blood-Based Biomarker Tests Address Unmet Need in Alzheimer’s Disease Care appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.
Wrapped in Services and Art, Los Angeles Opens Tiny Homes for People Experiencing Homelessness
by Gregory Stevens and Tom Fassbender
In Los Angeles, the nation’s homelessness epidemic is playing out in broad relief. Criticized for an inability to visibly stem the local crisis, Los Angeles is now responding. Opening villages of tiny homes for people experiencing homelessness is part of a recent package of efforts gaining traction in the city. The situation in Los Angeles… Read More » Author information Gregory Stevens Professor at California State University, Los Angeles Gregory D. Stevens, PhD, MHS is a health policy researcher, writer, teacher and advocate. He is a professor of public health at California State University, Los Angeles. He received both his masters and PhD from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a focus on health care policy. He has focused his research on primary health care, children’s health, health disparities and vulnerable populations. He is a co-author of the book Vulnerable Populations in the United States. | Twitter | The post Wrapped in Services and Art, Los Angeles Opens Tiny Homes for People Experiencing Homelessness appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.
November 2021 Podcast
by Jess Williams
Check out our November 2021 Podcast for a recap of recently published blogs and a preview of articles in the November 2021 issue of Medical Care. Author information Jess Williams Associate Professor at The Pennsylvania State University Jessica A. Williams, PhD, MA is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Administration at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Williams has been a member of the editorial board since 2013. Her research examines how workplace psychosocial factors affect the health and well-being of employees. Specifically, she investigates the role of pain in work disability and well-being. In addition, she researches the utilization of preventive medical services. She holds a Doctorate in Health Policy and Management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, a Master's in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BA in economics from Stanford University. | Twitter | LinkedIn | The post November 2021 Podcast appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.
The Future of Telemedicine Depends on Applying Lessons From The Pandemic
by Danya Turkmani
During the pandemic, telemedicine demonstrated it’s power. As we begin to make the shift back to in-person clinical care in a post-pandemic world, it’s important to look at the lessons learned during the pandemic. This will help guide us in how to move forward and improve telemedicine delivery. The History The use of telemedicine is… Read More » Author information Danya Turkmani I'm a PhD student in the Health Management and Policy program at the University of Kansas. I have a business and marketing background and specialize in creating strategic and user focused content. | The post The Future of Telemedicine Depends on Applying Lessons From The Pandemic appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.
Driving Digital Health Literacy
On the next HCLDR tweetchat we welcome a team from Canada Health Infoway as guest hosts. Angela Jonsson and Haley Armstrong will be leading us in a discussion about digital health literacy – a prerequisite for equitable and accessible care in the future. They have written an excellent blog to help set up the chat.
Thanks + Gratitude: An HCLDR Thanksgiving Chat
by Colin Hung
This week is the Thanksgiving holiday in the US and so we are having our traditional “giving thanks” chat on HCLDR. It has once again been a very tough year for many of us…but unlike 2020, the cloud of COVID is slowly dissipating. A year ago we did not yet have ready access to the
Confidence in Healthcare
by Joe Babaian
Blog post by Joe Babaian It’s the kind of mistrust of science because science is viewed as authority. And there’s a lot of anti-authority feeling. I think that’s the kind of thing that drives the anti-vaxxers, the people who don’t believe the science of vaccination and don’t want to get their children vaccinated. It’s all
Is Remote Monitoring an Intrusion?
by Colin Hung
One of the things I get to do is mentor and coach healthcare entrepreneurs. I really enjoy it. Plus it allows me to keep up-to-date on the latest innovations. Lately, I have seen a lot of companies building technology to help people stay safe and recover at home. It’s definitely full-steam ahead for the care-at-home
Health Equity + Telemedicine
by Colin Hung
This week on HCLDR we welcome two very special guest hosts: Stacy Hurt @stacy_hurt and Andrew Watson, MD @arwmd They will be leading us in a discussion on health equity + telemedicine. This chat will be in conjunction with #TelemedNow. Please join us on Tuesday November 2nd at 8:30pm ET (for your local time click
WHO issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine and emphasizes need for equitable global access
The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed the Comirnaty, COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, making the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the first to receive emergency validation from WHO since the outbreak began a year ago.
COVID-19: One year later – WHO Director-General’s new year message
In his end of year message for 2020, WHO Director-General says there is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against COVID-19. But going into 2021, he urges countries and communities to work together, in solidarity, to overcome this and future health challenges.
Mobilizing youth to End TB
Since the global youth movement, 1+1 youth Initiative was launched on World TB Day 2019, followed by the adoption of the Youth Declaration to End TB at the first-ever Global Youth Townhall on ending TB, there has been significant progress over the past year. The 1+1 Initiative has expanded to include thousands of youth across the world in countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam.The social media platforms set up as part of the 1+1 youth initiative are joined and followed by more than 15000 young people including WHO End TB forum. Similarly, Global TB Programme has established #Youth2EndTB Global Youth Network where more than 1800 youths from 95+ countries have already joined. Besides, in order to recognise the youth efforts and encourage youth engagement on ending TB, youth story series was conducted.Moreover, 50 and more different youth-led activities and virtual events on ending TB have been conducted worldwide. This includes sensitizing young people, peer education trainings in schools and universities,and encouraging them to become TB advocates, and supporting TB patients in the community with resources, advice, and encouragement. In addition, we are enthusiastic about cross country youth dialogue series that have been started where youths from different countries can participate and learn from each other.For instance, one of the inspiring examples is that of Nepal, young people in this country have established national and provincial youth networks to help young people, through capacity building and in ensuring their participation in policy making and community level awareness building programmes. Likewise, in March 2020, Vietnam National Tuberculosis program launched National Youth Movement against TB which aims on reaching 10 million young people as well as educating all primary school students with TB knowledge and good practices on combating TB and lung diseases.Another exciting example is from Indonesia. Their national youth movement against TB has been conducting Art exhibitions as well as creating TB awareness through social media campaign.Furthermore, WHO Global TB Program is currently developing training manual targeting End TB youth leaders, young survivors, and young health professionals. It will be available at End TB channel of Open WHO platform after completing it's six regional youth consultations.
Behavioural considerations for acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines
The Behavioural Insights Unit of the WHO released a meeting report of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on the special session on acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, held on 15 October 2020. The meeting report outlines the factors that drive people’s behaviour in relation to vaccine acceptance and uptake: an enabling environment, social influences and motivation. The image above is a visual narration that captures highlights of the meeting on 15 October 2020, during which the TAG on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health discussed behavioural considerations in relation to COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake. The discussion was structured around three key questions. Download the graphic
Joint statement calling for urgent country scale-up of access to optimal HIV treatment for infants and children living with HIV
Global partners that are committed to ending paediatric AIDS have come together to call on countries to rapidly scale up access to optimal, child-friendly HIV treatment for infants and children.