Journeys in Medicine

The Equity of Care Campaign

The Equity of Care Campaign

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

On Monday, May 9 the Maryland Hospital Association announced that Maryland is the first state with 100 percent participation in the national effort to reduce disparities in the health of minority populations. Through the Equity of Care campaign, participating hospitals agree to: Choose a quality measure to stratify by race, ethnicity and language preference Determine whether(...)

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Poverty and Comfort

Poverty and Comfort

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

In the Science of Health section of the March issue of Scientific American, Sir Michael Marmot, director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London, describes "The Disease of Poverty." He highlights the following important points: Poor health outcomes in low income individuals in the US are more prevalent than in low income(...)

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Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research: A Promise Yet to Be Fulfilled

Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research: A Promise Yet to Be Fulfilled

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

The December 2015 issue of PLOS Medicine featured a policy forum entitled "Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research:  A Promise Yet to Be Fulfilled." This provocative article reminds us that health disparities persist across race/ethnicity for the majority of Healthy People 2010 health indicators and that most physicians and scientists are informed by research extrapolated from(...)

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AAMC Report Examines How to Increase the Pipeline of Black Men Entering Medical School

AAMC Report Examines How to Increase the Pipeline of Black Men Entering Medical School

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

In order to care for a more racially diverse U.S. population, it is critical to have a physician workforce that reflects that diversity. In the December 1 issues of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a Medical News and Perspectives piece highlights the decline in the number of black males enrolling in medical school in(...)

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Quality Improvement Interventions to Reduce Disparities in African Americans with Diabetes

Quality Improvement Interventions to Reduce Disparities in African Americans with Diabetes

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

Quality improvement strategies can target several areas—health systems (case management, team changes, electronic patient registry, facilitated relay of information to clinicians, continuous QI), health-care providers (audit and feedback, clinician education, clinician reminders, financial incentives) or patients (patient education, promotion of self-management, reminder systems).  A recent systematic review and meta-analysis published in Diabetes Care in 2013(...)

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Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards

Posted by  | Administration

Johns Hopkins Medicine is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards, which recognize outstanding commitments to volunteer community service by members of Johns Hopkins. All faculty, staff, trainees, employees, graduate students and retirees are eligible to be nominated to receive this award. Awards will be(...)

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Our Journey in Medicine Continues

Our Journey in Medicine Continues

Posted by  | Administration, Civic Engagement

I am pleased to introduce the new "Our Journey in Medicine Continues" blog feature. We generated excellent discussion and many great ideas during our 5-part Journeys in Medicine series this past summer. Even though the riots have ended, the issues in our community leading to the riots persist. This blog feature is one of many(...)

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One year and counting

One year and counting

Posted by  | Administration

It is with great satisfaction and immense gratitude that I take this opportunity to summarize my first year in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. This was a year of many events both good and arresting. It did not fail to disappoint in providing exciting opportunities, unexpected challenges and many twists and turns.(...)

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