Social Mission in Health Professions Education

Social Determinants of Health and Health Professions Education

Diffusion of Community Health Workers Within Medicaid Managed Care

For almost a decade, community health workers (CHWs) have been integrated into the health care system in New Mexico. This Health Affairs blog discusses the use of CHWs within Medicaid...

Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities

A Vital Direction for Health and Health Care Three lines of evidence—the relatively poor health status of the US population compared with other countries, the existence of health disparities, and fluctuations in health...

Social Determinants of Health Inequalities

The gross inequalities in health that we see within and between countries present a challenge to the world. That there should be a spread of life expectancy of 48 years...

Structural Violence and Clinical Medicine

Because of contact with patients, physicians readily appreciate that large-scale social forces—racism, gender inequality, poverty, political violence and war, and sometimes the very policies that address them—often determine who falls...

Responding to the Challenge: Population Health Education for Physicians

In this column Dr. Rika Maeshiro created the fine essay on population health education, a crucial topic in academic medicine today. Citation: Maeshiro R. Responding to the challenge: population health education...

SocMed and EqualHealth: Educating Beyond the Biologic Basis of Disease

In both the SocMed Uganda and Haiti courses, students share objects that represent their culture, providing a unique space for reflection and intimate dialogue on personal history and context. Health...

A State-Based Strategy for Expanding Primary Care Residency

As the health care system looks to improve overall health and reduce unnecessary spending, primary care physicians become increasingly critical. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) recognizes that primary care clinicians...

The Supremes and ACA: Is opposing coverage for the poor really just mean?

In the context of the historic and momentous Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage across the US, and its affirmation of the Fair Housing Act, the third of the “trifecta”...

Beyond Flexner at TEDxFoggyBottom

Equity in medicine is currently one of the most heated issues in the United States. Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan argues that in order to create medical equality in the U.S., we...

Health Equity is a Civil Rigths Issue

Read Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy’s comments on social determinants of health and health equity during his swearing in as Surgeon General on April 22, 2015: “Today in America, who you...