Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have recently invoked the notion of “implicit bias” and its effects on our society. Implicit bias lives beneath the surface of our unconscious and yet it shapes our attitudes and actions toward others. Recently, I asked a group of medical residents at our hospital to journal their experiences and observations in clinical settings and to describe how those implicit biases impacted patient care. I received the following examples: A Caucasian boy with an abscess was nearly discharged from the ER with a less-effective medication because his parents were young and not well dressed, leading physicians to assume he was on Medicaid. It turned out he had private insurance and could afford the right drug for his condition. In another instance, a young African American woman was considered a “drug seeker” because of multiple trips to the emergency department complaining of headaches. Residents believed there was nothing really wrong with her but an attending physician suggested a full neurologic work up; an MRI revealed a brain tumor. Indeed, the woman had a physiologic cause for her headaches. As these medical examples illustrate, implicit bias can be a life or death issue. Just as it can mean life or death in the streets of our cities, it is also critical in health care settings that implicit bias be recognized for entrenching health disparities and sustaining inequities.
Mental health was the most frequently cited concern among residents participating in Lakeland Health’s most recent community survey.
Mental health No. 1 concern, survey finds LAKELAND REPORT WILL BE SUBJECT OF PUBLIC MEETING By JOHN MATUSZAK - HP Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 6:00 am Mental health No. 1 concern, survey finds http://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/mental-health-no-concern-survey-finds/article_e9b9097e-a89f-546f-9564-4123a430b128.html#.WAKa_v3uQ7I.twitter
Study highlights mental health issues in southwest Michigan http://wsbt.com/news/health/study-highlights-mental-health-issues-in-southwest-michigan BY KRISTIN BIEN, WSBT 22 REPORTER WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST 2016 A new report shows mental health is a major issue affecting people in southwest Michigan. The report shows mental health – including substance abuse issues – is the number one health need in that area. All [...]
https://u.osu.edu/breakingbias/why-implicit-bias-matters/ I recently became aware of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity - a national leader in research into how implicit biases unconsciously shape individuals' cognition, attitudes, and even behaviors. Health Equity Matters!
Lynn Todman on Community Health Needs Assessment: 5 key questions to ask to develop a strategy to improve community health. Benton Harbor, Michigan Initiative: Women's Health Council and Barber Shop Screenings. Listen to the story: Public Policies have a critical impact on people's daily lives. Listen to Lynn Todman's overview: [...]
In recent weeks, California Newsreel has released a new documentary titled “The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. It is a follow up to the documentary Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality making Us Sick? which effectively communicated the idea that health is, in large part, socially determined. The new documentary features [...]