"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates
Bobby Holt, on Apr 20, 2017 8:56:06 AM
Your health care depends on who you are.” - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
With the rise of consumerism among patients in healthcare, many providers are expanding operations to improve patient satisfaction. But for many vulnerable populations, convenient healthcare is not a commodity—it’s a necessity.
Eric Allen Conner, on Dec 15, 2016 1:49:12 PM
If health systems, payers, and providers aim to positively impact social determinants of health, it is imperative they recognize the cultural differences in caring for minority populations. Nationwide, people of color represent 38% of all Americans, and yet these groups are overrepresented in the low-income and underinsured populations.
Ariadne Brazo, on Dec 13, 2016 2:27:31 PM
The health challenges facing the transgender population are some of the steepest and most difficult for any population subset in the United States today. Across the board, a transgender person is at greater risk than the national average for drug and alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, and heart disease. Compounding the problem are the community’s significant barriers to regular healthcare and gaps in coverage.
Eric Allen Conner, on Sep 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM
No one likes going to the dentist. But what if a visit to the dentist wasn’t even an option? Dental care is a luxury for many Americans. Nearly one-third of Americans are without dental insurance, and millions go without necessary dental care because they do not have access to it or simply cannot afford it.
If the cluster of Zika cases recently reported in Florida spreads further, the virus's impact in the United States would likely disproportionately affect the poor.
Without a home, where would you seek shelter from bad weather? Where would you sleep? Where would you bathe and eat? Where would you go for safety? We take for granted the many benefits of living in a home.
Without permanent shelter, many homeless individuals find themselves turning to hospitals to fulfill their basic needs. With the financial challenges facing our health system already, caring for the homeless is an additional burden it struggles to address.
Conversations on minimum wage hikes have focused largely on the economic impacts it would have on families and states. But new research lays out the potential benefits that an increase in the minimum wage could have on poor women, their health, and the health of their children.
Women make up 64% of the 4.2 million workers earning minimum wage or less. These aren’t just teenagers working seasonal retail. The vast majority are adults. Almost 80% of women living on minimum wage are 20 or older. Approximately 40% are over 30.
The school year provides a sense of stability for families and a structure that allows both children and parents to form consistent routines. However, for underprivileged families, the stability gained from school is more extensive. In addition to the obvious educational benefits, to unprivileged families school provides child care, meals, mental and physical activity, and often before and after school programs.