Honored to present again this year at the IM4US Conference with colleagues I have great respect for in the medical field. We will be in the Bay Area this year and would love for you to come. It truly is one of the most innovative and thought provoking conferences in integrative medicine. •
STRUCTURAL COMPETENCY: CARING FOR OUR PATIENTS AND OURSELVES BY RESPONDING TO SOCIAL STRUCTURES
Contemporary US society is dominated by entrenched hierarchies of race and class,
widening economic inequality, and large-scale displacement and migration. Structural competency is an emerging educational paradigm for understanding and responding
to disparities in health related to economic inequalities and hierarchies of race, gender, sexuality, and immigration status.
In this session we will use case studies of both patients and providers to:
1) Examine how “social structures” (i.e. policies, economic systems, and institutions such as criminal justice and education) have produced and maintain social inequities and health disparities, often along the lines of social categories such as race, class, gender, and sexuality
2) Understand how social structures shape our own working conditions in addition to our patients’ lives.
3) Discuss alternatives to the current over-emphasis on individual behavior, culture, and biology/genetics in the practice of health care
3) Plan collaborative responses to social structures that can take place both within and outside of our workplaces and draw on the strengths of integrative health care.
A call to mainstream media to dedicate space to ME from Lisa Alioto, Minnesota ME / CFS Alliance Vice President. We have certainly had an increase in articles over the years but we are not where we need to be. One important note for media is that quality articles about ME get shared! We have an online community ready to signal boost your work if you put the proper time and attention into it. What articles have been impressed with over the past year? Please share in the comments. Also, who would you like to see pay more attention to this important issue? Let them know!
Read the blog post and share your thoughts with us! It is a guest post on the blog, A Chronic Voice. You can find a direct link to the blig in the bio of @achronicvoice . "Mainstream Media: Can you dedicate some articles that will help me with ME? You not only will be helping a million Americans and up to 24 million people globally, but also raising awareness of this debilitating disease. Awareness, curiosity, learning…it leads to understanding, compassion, hope, support. All things that the ME community needs from the public, its public figures, the government, employers, and the healthcare community."
“Because, more than anything...what I gained most from GHC — was a sense of community, a sense of shared purpose and commitment. (And P.S. that community is made up of amazingly brilliant, thoughtful and determined people!) Not bad for people I’ve known for less than a year and a half. During those conversations last year, when [we] discussed how to categorize GHC, we always agreed — even on those bad days — that GHC was the one group of people that we felt we could always count on when we really needed something.” -Lisa Shawcroft, 2014-2015 USA fellow ⠀
Read more of “The Transition: Life after the GHC Fellowship”: #IAmGHC#globalhealth#socialjustice#community#healthequity#leadership#FBF
Shocked and stoked. Our health and racial equity work was acknowledged today as our committee was named the Department Team of the Year. We have a badass team of folks who aren’t afraid to push against the status quo and I’m super proud of the work we do. #wavemaker#racialequity#healthequity#teamworkmakesthedreamwork
Story Writers of MiMentor Medical School Admissions Policy Changes Campaign: Dr. Efrain Talamantes ———————————————————————————- "Meaningful reduction of racial/ethnic disparities in health care quality requires clinicians to seriously consider their personal contribution to inequities, and to provide leadership in creating solutions.”- Juliet Rumball-Smith, MBChB, FAFPHM, PhD from Article Reducing Racial/Ethnic Inequities in Care: A Clinician-Led Approach
———————————————————————————- "Medical schools can do better! We can all do better," says Dr. Efrain Talamantes, a Medical Director at AltaMed Institute for Health Equity. "We should be very critical of any policy that artificially creates barriers for a certain segment of our population. In 2009, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) that accredits US Medical Schools issued requirements to attract and retain more diverse students: 'Each medical school should have policies and practices ensuring the gender, racial, cultural, and economic diversity of its students. The recruitment and development of a medical schools’ faculty should take into account its mission, the diversity of its student body, and the populations that it serves.' I would add that medical schools must also include those populations that are underserved. Failure to achieve, support and strengthen diversity will exacerbate socioeconomic, education and health disparities.
Growing up in Norwalk in Southern California in the 1980’s overcoming extreme poverty, violence, and the end-effects of mental health illness, substance use disorder, deportation and incarceration was not easy. I attended low performing schools and was fortunate to have passionate teachers who shared their passion to pursue a college education. My immigrant family attended community health centers and county hospitals when we fell ill. Too often I felt like I was running out of resilience. I left my community behind...” #StoryWritersofMiMentorCampaign#meded#DiversityIsOurGreatestStrength#healthequity
Link to read more👇
On Universal Health Coverage Day, WFPHA reminds the importance of health for all. Health is a fundamental Human right and it must be implemented with equity. The Federation is based on a global public health perspective that includes diverse social and cultural backgrounds, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and disability and supports equal access to healthcare.
🌟🌟 Inspiration comes in all forms. It's always an incredible reminder that the work I and many others focus on in the health space has such important repercussions. ✨✨ In reality, we do it for these children and their future, for their teachers to be able to continue the work of preparing them for life ahead, and for their families to enable them to attend school and learn. ✨ They are our future and without them, we have nothing. And without the health of the women who support them they and we have no future. That is why we must continue the work for health equity for women, because without it, there is no future.
I had the great fortune to visit the @kisimanischool in Arusha Tanzania that was founded by a dear friend @tanzaleah . She showed me around and what they have been able to create so far. The hope on the children's faces and the teachers who guide them is the reminder I needed to persevere, as they need and deserve our help and support so that they can have the life so many of us take for granted. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Please visit their website to see the incredible work they are doing for the children.
Please visit our website, to see how @herhealtheq is working to make the health of women better around the world. www.herhealtheq.org
“Humans of South Minneapolis”
Just a few pictures from my final project for my Global-Local Health Equity class, a longitudinal photography study that encouraged me to examine my surroundings in a new lens. I was incredibly privileged and humbled to talk with my fellow community members in the Seward and Phillips neighborhoods. Chalk Talk inspired by @wingyounghuie
Check out this recently published study. The Digital Divide in Health-Related Technology Use: The Significance of Race/Ethnicity 📚
-- "Older racial and ethnic minorities are less likely than whites to use certain technologies when managing their health." 🔬
Advice to "eat more vegetables" isn't always so straightforward. 🥗 Fresh produce might be too expensive where you live. 💰 It could be hard to find in your neighborhood, especially if you rely on public transportation or have mobility challenges. 🔍 Or the fruits and veggies that are available to you might be unfamiliar, and you don't know how to cook them in a way your family will enjoy. 🌶️ In our VeggieRx cooking and nutrition classes, we focus on addressing common barriers to healthy eating, so that participants can actually apply what they've learned. | Help us raise $10,000 to support our nutrition education programs in 2019. Click the link in our profile to make your gift today.⠀
Feeling all warm inside after my presentation for the “Maternal Health and Diabetes Prevention throughout the Life Course in Rural NC” conference when a few elders said “You represent US Well.” Love my work!! #SDoH#HealthEquity
Congratulations to the winners of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois #HealthEquity Innovation Challenge!
1st place: @BeBrightPink
2nd place: Amah Health
3rd place: Loyola University Chicago Health Science Division student team