Journeys in Medicine

Are you taxed?

Are you taxed?

Posted by  | Administration

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

Posted by  | Administration

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?

Posted by  | Administration

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

Posted by  | Administration

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

Posted by  | Civic Engagement

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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Structural Racism and Supporting Black Lives—The Role of Health Professionals in the NEJM

Structural Racism and Supporting Black Lives—The Role of Health Professionals in the NEJM

Posted by  | Civic Engagement, Vice Chair Contributors

In the October 12, 2016 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, a perspectives article makes the distinction between interpersonal racism and structural racism, citing the latter as a contributor to premature death and reduced levels of overall health and well-being. Structural racism is “a confluence of institutions, culture, history, ideology and codified practices(...)

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A Dialogue Between the Police and the Community Recap

A Dialogue Between the Police and the Community Recap

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

Department of Medicine faculty and staff enjoyed an engaging dialogue with Melvin Russell, chief of the Community Collaboration Division of the Baltimore City Police last month. He successfully built the case that many of the current challenges between the police and the community are a deficit in relational equity between the two groups who ultimately(...)

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Civic Engagement Initiative Kickoff Event

Civic Engagement Initiative Kickoff Event

Posted by  | Civic Engagement

We are excited to announce the kickoff event of our department’s Civic Engagement Initiative! We will be hosting a Journeys In Medicine Session focused on police-community relationships, entitled “A Dialogue to Create a Bridge Between the Police and our Community.” Our guest speaker for this forum will be Lt. Colonel Melvin Russell, chief of the(...)

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