Rx: 1 Inhaler + Heat…Supporting Preventative Health

Pharmacy Rx symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I’m sorry,” is all the doctor could say at that point. The patient would have to have surgery–an amputation…all because he didn’t have access to medical care before diabetes took over.

According to the Center for Disease Control, African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islander Americans are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes than the rest of U.S. population. These racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes due to poverty, lack of access to health care, …read more

Give Thanks and Raise Your Voice for Health Equity

For many Americans, Thanksgiving is synonymous with family and food. For me, it is a reminder of one Thanksgiving in particular when my aunt began experiencing shortness of breath and went to the emergency room. Doctors did a series of tests and then sent her home.

Photo of Thanksgiving day dinner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few days later she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Cancer. It was a shock to the whole family, but none of us felt that it would be a death sentence. Perhaps we were optimistic at best or disillusioned at worst. We went on and …read more

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Taking the Pulse of Baltimore’s Neighborhoods

Some of the more upscale rowhouses in Baltimore, like these brightly painted homes in Charles Village, have complete porches instead of stoops (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How do you get to really know a neighborhood? You can walk around, talk to the people who live there, and interact with the physical spaces.

But what if you want to dive beneath the surface and delve into the details? The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore (BNIA-JFI) has collected and compiled data on 55 Community Statistical Areas (their term for neighborhoods) in Baltimore, measuring 150 different data …read more

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

I’ve had the opportunity to work in both the health and social service fields, so my interest was piqued when I learned about the 2nd Annual Symposium on the Social Determinants of Health, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. The agenda promised a diverse range of topics, from concrete policies and programs to research and theory on social capital, racism and poverty. And, the symposium did not disappoint.

Thirty speakers observed the importance of safe housing, education, a strong social network, access to healthy foods and quality health care to overall health outcomes. Throughout the conference, academics, practitioners, …read more