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15 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Penny Wise and Pound Foolish: The story of U. S. health expenditures

On December 8, 2011, Dr. Elizabeth Bradley, a professor of public health at Yale’s Global Health Leadership Institute, wrote an interesting editorial. In the editorial, she discussed findings from a recent study comparing United States health expenditures to those of other countries. While not a health disparities editorial, it is highly relevant. Most people interested […]

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31 October 2011 ~ 3 Comments

Where we live, learn, work and play matters to your company or organization: One hospital director highlights their work to delivering culturally competent care

A few weeks ago, patients, staff and providers at my organization celebrated our second annual Diversity Day, where staff, programs and community partners come together to “break bread” and share information about their ethnic community or affinity group.  It was an overwhelming success:  12 table displays of different countries, several focusing on distinct community partnerships […]

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21 September 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Missouri’s ‘Supposedly’ Safety Net [1]

Safety net.  We hear the term every day.  When used in health care, it often is meant to remind us that if we are “really” ill, the state has a safety net that will catch us.  You can’t fall with a safety net!  In fact, the American Heritage Dictionary provides a definition that makes us […]

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16 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Electronic health records and health disparities: Can one help us solve the other?

“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” John F. Kennedy In the last several years, the gaps in racial and ethnic health care and health outcomes have been widely reported. However, these reports are using data that’s tells […]

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19 July 2011 ~ 0 Comments

The role of clear communication in health equity

About 6 months ago, I sent a press release out to the MOHEC listserv describing the results of a study examining why black men often avoid going to the doctor. This summary started off a week long virtual dialogue highlighting the important intersection between health literacy and health disparities. For those of you who may […]

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15 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Blogging for health

As a doctor and Director of the Center for Health Policy, I spend a lot of time thinking about how we can improve the health and well-being of all Missourians. We face unprecedented challenges today: an uncertain economy, tighter budgets, crises in health due to emergencies, natural and man-made disasters, not to mention an aging […]

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