Closing Health Disparities with the ACA

Closing Health Disparities with the ACA

Inequalities in healthcare arise when there is unequal access or quality of care for different sectors of the population. These health disparities cut along lines…

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 Social Determinants of Health – A Struggle for Equity

Social Determinants of Health – A Struggle for Equity

Our latest discussion on social determinants of health with Dr. Jada Bussey-Jones was very dear to me. I previously took a global health class during…

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Another Look at Racism

Another Look at Racism

Dr. Jada Bussy-Jones’s lecture revealed a deeper layer of race related health disparities. While I have always assumed that health is linked to socioeconomic status…

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Is Telemedicine the Future of Medical Practices?

Is Telemedicine the Future of Medical Practices?

On last Thursday’s lecture, we were introduced to the idea of telemedicine, which is defined as the use of medical information exchanged from one site…

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Mental Illness in Prison Populations

Mental Illness in Prison Populations

In class yesterday, Dr. Joshua Wallenstein addressed the topic of mental health care in the US.  There are a variety of areas of mental health…

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What Does ACA Mean to Safety-net Hospitals

What Does ACA Mean to Safety-net Hospitals

Safety net hospitals (Also called Disproportionate Share Hospitals) are healthcare facilities that provide a disproportionate amount of care to vulnerable populations, usually include patients who…

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How Far Behind Canada?

How Far Behind Canada?

After learning about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in class last week, I was intrigued to learn more about the conditions that motivated this reform. …

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Mental Health and the Affordable Care Act

Mental Health and the Affordable Care Act

With the conception of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it was predicted that care for mental health would become more accessible and prevent individuals from…

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Improving Health Outcomes with Evidence-based Design

Improving Health Outcomes with Evidence-based Design

Last week while Ted Johnson was talking to us about care for the geriatric population he also shared a personal story with us about the…

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Vulnerable Veterans: PTSD’s Rising Toll on Our Troops

Vulnerable Veterans: PTSD’s Rising Toll on Our Troops

Years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have highlighted the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders affecting our veterans and fighting…

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Care for the Elderly: What We Can Do to Improve Geriatrics Care

Care for the Elderly: What We Can Do to Improve Geriatrics Care

  Dr. Johnson’s talk on the dilemma in Geriatrics care brings up an issue that people do not like to talk about, because to many…

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Understanding Health Disparities

Understanding Health Disparities

It is well documented that the US spends a large amount of its GDP on healthcare and yet does poorly in comparison to similarly developed…

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The Future of Hospice Care

The Future of Hospice Care

End-of-life care can be incredibly expensive and emotionally draining to both the patient and his/her family. In fact, it could be the highest medical bill…

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Of Rare Diseases and Zebras...

Of Rare Diseases and Zebras…

I will start by saying that rare diseases are a significant player in modern healthcare that are often overlooked or ignored because they are not…

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The ACA Leads to New Challenges for Rural Communities

The ACA Leads to New Challenges for Rural Communities

During Steven Lipstein’s lecture last week, he brought up some interesting points about how the insurance marketplaces have legitimized high premiums and how rural areas…

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Family Caregivers Needed

Family Caregivers Needed

Adults ages 46-56 in the United States are commonly sandwiched between the burdens of taking care of their parents and their children simultaneously (1).  This…

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