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24 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Health Opportunities and Human Rights

As a teenager I volunteered with a government subsidized food pantry and second-hand store in Jackson, Mississippi.  A thin, older man shuffled into the warehouse wearing tattered clothes and shoes with holes that exposed his sockless feet.  I believed him to be homeless but felt it rude to ask as he gave me a toothless […]

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03 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

All Perspectives Required: Practice Makes Progress

Part III (This is the third installment in Healthier LGBT Populations – A Call for Perspective and Patience. Read Parts I and II.) “While we talk about the importance of practicing evidence-based medicine, the reality is that medical science is still very much an art. This is particularly true when caring for sexual minorities, since […]

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19 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Provider Perspective: Making Limited Time Count to Build Trust

The Journal of the American Medical Association published an article titled, “The Columbo Phenomenon” (Frolkis, 2013). The author thrusts the reader back in time to highlight Peter Falk, the actor who starred as Columbo in the popular detective television film beginning in 1968. Columbo was famous for ending each episode with, “Just one more thing…” […]

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12 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Healthier LGBT Populations – A Call for Perspective and Patience

Healthier LGBT Populations – A Call for Perspective and Patience is a three-part series  to promote dialogue about the patient’s experience of primary care, emphasizing LGBT populations. The series illustrates hypothetical situations in primary care from patient and provider perspectives. Recommendations and observations from leaders in health care are referenced. While suggestions are made, the […]

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05 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Leave the Stigmas Behind

If I labeled you as, “crazy,” “stupid,” “lazy,” “incompetent,” “a monster,” or “a drama queen,” I would venture to guess that you would not find that flattering. As children we might be told, “Sticks and stones may break our bones…”, and hurtful words are not a big deal. What that childhood mantra does not take […]

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31 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Collaborate or Perish: Maybe not so far from the truth…

Collaborate! That is the clarion call heard throughout all facets of our current health care environment. From patient-doctor relationships to ACA-related federal grant applications, collaboration is recognized as economically efficient and is more and more frequently a mandated requirement for funding. As the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Missouri Health Equity Collaborative convene leaders […]

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15 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Aging Americans and Health Literacy

By Marilynn J. King, a graduate research assistant with MOHEC and the Center for Health Policy. As we age, certain skills and abilities change – including physical and cognitive deterioration that can impact our health and sense of well-being. The challenges that can happen along with the aging process often find us unprepared to navigate […]

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01 March 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Learning from New Madrid’s Healthy & Active Community Project

A profile on a health equity project in Missouri Residents of New Madrid County and Missouri’s Bootheel face many hurdles to good health. Ranking 113 out of 115 counties (plus the City of St. Louis) in its overall health outcomes, one in three New Madrid County residents is obese. And while the rates for adults […]

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10 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Missouri Foundation for Health Paves the Way for LGBT Health Equity

By Meghan Garvey, SAGE Metro St. Louis, Social Work Intern Over the past year there have been many positive strides to address issues related to health disparities and access to care for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Last month, the Missouri Foundation for Health gave us another effort to celebrate with […]

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28 February 2012 ~ 2 Comments

The Complex Process of Getting Health Care in America

Accessing health care in this country can be a complex process for many of us. The first question we often ask ourselves is, “Do I need to see a doctor?” We tend to answer that question with a series of other questions. How much will it cost (especially if I don’t have insurance)? Will my […]

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