Guest Blogger Jill O’Mahony Stewart weighs in: Recent events from the ridiculous to the terrifying have pushed the repeal and replacement of “Obamacare” off the front page. But this life-and-death issue will not go away. As other distracting developments play out, 13 senators on the Senate health care committee are quietly crafting their own bill [...]
Research suggests that discrimination is internalized over a lifetime, and takes a toll on people’s well-being. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/upshot/how-prejudice-can-harm-your-health.html?mwrsm= Dr. James McCune Smith, physician and abolitionist. Credit The New York Public Library
by John Biewen When producer John Biewen was in high school in the late 1970s, he learned from his textbooks that people could be divided into three distinct races — mongoloid, caucasoid and negroid. Decades later he wondered when and how this now debunked theory of race took hold. In this episode, John looks at [...]
Where you live — even down to the specific neighborhood — might have an impact on your blood pressure, a new study led by a Northwestern University researcher suggests. The study authors looked at data from 2,280 African-Americans whose health has been tracked for decades and discovered what they called a "powerful effect": Those who [...]
By KATE GENELLIE - The Herald-Palladium | 0 comments If your doctor asked you about your health, what would you say? Perhaps you would mention your aching knees, or that strange new twinge in your back. But what if there was stress at work that was keeping you up at night? If you had feelings of anxiety [...]
Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how [...]
Racism is making people sick — especially black women and babies, says Miriam Zoila Pérez. The doula turned journalist explores the relationship between race, class and illness and tells us about a radically compassionate prenatal care program that can buffer pregnant women from the stress that people of color face every day.
President Obama’s recent farewell address from Chicago hit home with me. Ever since the November election I’ve been thinking about ways to engage with others on the important issues we are facing while challenging my own implicit biases with specific actions. President Obama exhorted all of us to stay engaged. So what can we do? Like many, the new year always makes me want to set some new and aspirational goals. This year, those resolutions include taking action to confront implicit bias and to build greater cultural awareness. I am confident these goals help me personally, and may help others build stronger, more cohesive and collaborative communities.
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