Journeys in Medicine

Higher Death Rates In White Americans—Is There an Epidemic of Despair?

Higher Death Rates In White Americans—Is There an Epidemic of Despair?

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Many may recall this past spring when the media led a full-court press focusing on work published by Case and Deaton in PNAS in 2015 on the rising morbidity and mortality among white Americans. In short, Case and Deaton’s work highlighted what they characterize as “deaths of despair.” These deaths from suicide, poisoning and liver disease(...)

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Journeys in Medicine Event

Journeys in Medicine Event

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The Department of Medicine Civic Engagement Committee would like all of our faculty, staff and trainees to consider attending this Journeys in Medicine session on Tuesday, October 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Unfortunately in the first half of 2017, our medical care teams have reported more incidents of intolerance and patients making derogatory comments or requesting(...)

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Experiencing Racial Bias During Medical Training

Experiencing Racial Bias During Medical Training

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In a recent JAMA Viewpoint article, "Making All Lives Matter in Medicine From the Inside Out," Michael O. Mensah, a current resident at the University of California, Los Angeles, reveals a brief narrative of an “all-to-familiar” experience where during his medical student years at the University of California, San Francisco he was subjected to situations(...)

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Are you taxed?

Are you taxed?

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A few months back, a colleague emailed me an essay entitled “Medical Education and the Minority Tax” from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Since that time, the content of the essay has sparked interesting conversations. This brief essay chronicles the perspective and journey of Kali D. Cyrus, MD, MPH who, at the time,(...)

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The Civic Engagement Committee Steps Out

The Civic Engagement Committee Steps Out

Posted by  | Administration, Civic Engagement

On Wednesday, June 21, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Medicine’s Civic Engagement Committee volunteered in the Douglas Homes Community Health Fair. The purpose of the fair was to educate and empower families to take actions and make good choices to be more self-sufficient. The fair connected families with community resources with health screenings for all ages,(...)

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Journeys Forward

Journeys Forward

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About two years ago our department began on a journey to chronicle thought-provoking articles, activities and innovative ideas that focused on community engagement, community health and equity. We encourage readers to look back at previous posts, as well as review a recent post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Improving Community Health by Strengthening Community Investment: Roles(...)

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Is Equity the Missing Link?

Is Equity the Missing Link?

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In a recent Health Affairs Blog "Restoring Equity to the Health Law Debate," Abraham Nussbaum, a psychiatrist at Denver Health, delivers an awakening perspective on a missing component of our critical conversation and public debate on health reform--EQUITY. He delves into a historical account of the Scottish physician, Archie Cochrane whose insights from the famous lecture(...)

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Dealing with Racist Patients

Dealing with Racist Patients

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Managing medically complex patients from around Maryland and the world is a practice that physicians at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions regularly handle. However, the experience of caring for patients with openly alternate or even bigoted viewpoints regarding matters of race, ethnicity, gender or religion can be difficult. We can look back at the February 2016(...)

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Go Red for Women

Go Red for Women

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The month of February was Go Red for Women month sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about women and heart disease. The journal Circulation published its first-ever Go Red for Women issue and in addition to articles about gender disparities in research and clinical outcomes, they also chose to publish an article(...)

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