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…
Healthy Intersections Podcast: September 2023
by Lisa M. Lines
Happy fall! This month’s Healthy Intersections Podcast focuses on food and agriculture — a timely topic during the fall harvest months. Food insecurity and food quality are known as important social determinants of health. For example, the percent of residents receiving food assistance (eg, SNAP) is associated with neighborhood life expectancy. On the other hand,… Read More » Author information Lisa M. Lines Senior health services researcher at RTI International Lisa M. Lines, PhD, MPH is a senior health services researcher at RTI International, an independent, non-profit research institute. She is also an Assistant Professor in Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. Her research focuses on social drivers of health, quality of care, care experiences, and health outcomes, particularly among people with chronic or serious illnesses. She is co-editor of TheMedicalCareBlog.com and serves on the Medical Care Editorial Board. She has served as chair of the APHA Medical Care Section's Health Equity Committee from 2014 to date. Views expressed are the author's and do not necessarily reflect those of RTI or UMass Chan Medical School. | Twitter | LinkedIn | The post Healthy Intersections Podcast: September 2023 appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.
Health effects of tech overload: Can public health see it?
by Anthony Fleg
What if there was a public health problem so big that even public health leaders were too enmeshed in its grip to be able to warn against its perils? I worry that we are in that very conundrum with regard to our relationship with technology. It has accelerated from being part of our world to… Read More » Author information Anthony Fleg Anthony Fleg is a family medicine physician at the University of New Mexico in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the College of Population Health. He served as a Partnership Director of the Native Health Initiative (NHI) from 2005-2022 and has dedicated much of his career to improving health in Indigenous communities. He is a proud father of 4 children, an avid runner, and a blogger. His first book, Writing to Heal: A Pandemic Journey to Healing came out in Spring 2022. | The post Health effects of tech overload: Can public health see it? appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.
Beyond COVID and Opioids: Contextualizing Life Expectancy Decline in the United States
by Jorden Jackson and Anna Shetler
This entry was one of the winners of our Summer 2023 student blog contest! Trends in Life Expectancy The recent decline in life expectancy in the United States is largely attributed to the well-known COVID-19 pandemic and opioid epidemic. However, these recent crises are not the sole drivers of the stagnation and subsequent drop in… Read More » Author information Jorden Jackson I'm a dual-title PhD candidate in Rural Sociology and Demography at Penn State. My research investigates the social and environmental drivers of population health. I also conduct research regarding fertility, migration, community well-being, and sexual and domestic violence. I conduct both qualitative and quantitative research using survey, interview, focus group, and geocoded data. My interdisciplinary training in the fields of sociology and demography has prepared me for a career of methodologically and statistically rigorous research with on the ground impact. | The post Beyond COVID and Opioids: Contextualizing Life Expectancy Decline in the United States appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.
Negative Health Outcomes of American Anti-LGBTQ Laws
by Anna Shetler
This entry was one of the winners of our Summer 2023 student blog contest! Anti-LGBTQ laws are flooding the United States. As of June, a historic 491 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in 2023 – a 203% increase from the entire 2022 year. More bills were introduced in the first three months of 2023 than… Read More » Author information Anna Shetler Anna Shetler is a doctoral student in Sociology and Demography at Penn State. She focuses on population health, with an emphasis on place-based effects across the life course. | Twitter | The post Negative Health Outcomes of American Anti-LGBTQ Laws appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.
Getting postpartum care is unaffordable for many women
by Gregory Stevens
Known as the fourth trimester of care, postpartum care has become unaffordable for many women. The costs of care are increasing, due to rising deductibles, increasing chronic diseases, and a lack of access to Medicaid. While postpartum care technically refers to the 12-week period after delivery, there is a movement to recognize that adequate postpartum… 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 serves on the editorial board of the journal Medical Care, and is co-editor of The Medical Care Blog. He is also a co-author of the book Vulnerable Populations in the United States. | Twitter | The post Getting postpartum care is unaffordable for many women appeared first on The Medical Care Blog.
by Colin Hung
As we march towards the final HCLDR Tweetchat on October 31st 2023, we are taking the opportunity to use these final chats to look back and reflect on what this community has achieved together. I thought this week we could share stories about the connections we have made through HCLDR. Join our chat on Tuesday
Going nowhere fast: How specialist wait times impact primary care practitioners
by Joe Babaian
With Emily Gard Marshall Have you or a family member had to endure prolonged wait times to see a medical specialist? Have you gone through the anxiety and uncertainty associated with waiting to see a specialist and wondered whether you or your family member’s health condition is getting progressively worse while you wait? Turns out
HCLDR Memory Lane
by Colin Hung
As we announced last week, we are winding down the HCLDR tweetchats. Our final Tuesday night chat will be October 31st. It has been a fantastic journey with this community. Joe, myself, and I suspect all former HCLDR hosts, are proud of how inclusive and supportive this community has become. Even though the tweetchats are
Time For Change
by Joe Babaian
Blog by Joe Babaian Roads fork, things change, the spirit remains. I won’t waste time burying the lede. We all know what a hugely different place Twitter is – and that’s all about change. We can’t control that. Colin and I have had a difficult time coming to terms with what’s best for #hcldr. The
Refusing to Treat a Patient
by Colin Hung
I was listening to talk radio the other day and somehow the discussion turned to a personal story that the host had heard from their friend [Note: I was unable to verify this story as it did not make any headlines]. The short version was that a Canadian primary care physician refused to care for
World leaders commit to redouble efforts towards universal health coverage by 2030
Today, at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High-Level Meeting, world leaders have approved a new Political Declaration on “Universal Health Coverage (UHC): expanding our ambition for health and well-being in a post-COVID world”.
WHO welcomes historic commitment by world leaders for greater collaboration, governance and investment to prevent, prepare for and respond to future pandemics
The World Health Organization welcomed today’s historic commitment shown by global leaders, at the United Nations General Assembly, to strengthen the international cooperation, coordination, governance and investment needed to prevent a repeat of the devastating health and socioeconomic impact caused by COVID-19, make the world better prepared for future pandemic, and get back on track to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNHCR, WHO warn of deteriorating health conditions as 1200 children die of suspected measles, malnutrition in Sudan
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Health Organization (WHO) are again sounding the alarm on the worsening health situation caused by the Sudan crisis.
First WHO report details devastating impact of hypertension and ways to stop it
The World Health Organization (WHO) released its first-ever report on the devastating global impact of high blood pressure, along with recommendations on the ways to win the race against this silent killer.
Billions left behind on the path to universal health coverage
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank have jointly published the 2023 Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Global Monitoring Report, revealing an alarming stagnation in the progress towards providing people everywhere with quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare.