The Globe reports the death of Jonathan Fine, MD, one of the founders of Physicians for Human right, which the paper describes as a "worldwide advocacy organization." Over the past three decades, the organization has investigated and documented the medical effects of war crimes and mass atrocities in more than 60 nations around the world … Continue reading Jonathan Fine, MD, of Cambridge, one of the founders of Physicians for Human Right, died last week: “We’re never going to be deprived of an opportunity to combat injustice.”
The New Yorker offers a profile of Ophelia Dahl, the daughter of celebrity parents who want on to help found Boston-based Partners in Health. That group describes its mission this way: "We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay. " Development organizations will donate something finite, even if it’s redundant, rather … Continue reading In The New Yorker, Partners in Health co-founder Dahl on impoverished Haiti: “To have seen this and to not do anything, I knew wasn’t an option.”
The Boston Globe's series on race focuses on health disparities on Tuesday. Though the issue gets scant attention in this center of world-class medicine, segregation patterns are deeply imbedded in Boston health care. Simply put: If you are black in Boston, you are less likely to get care at several of the city’s elite hospitals … Continue reading Tuesday, Globe series targets racial disparities in health care. Conclusion: The color line exists in sickness as in health.
More on former Denver Health DEO Patty Gabow Lown keynote from HLM. First, don't expect Congress to save the system. Instead, Gabow proposed a to-do list for health systems that is heavy on improving the social determinants that affect health, but also places a high value on such ideas as a living wage for all employees. … Continue reading #Social determinants of health is a mouthful, but the concept could be key to population #wellness
From Public Radio International At the South Cove Community Health Center in Quincy, Massachusetts, Dr. Qiyue Hu conducts a checkup with his patient Jiping Chang. Chang is 76 and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2009. He tells me that at the time, he was surprised. That's because “I didn’t have any symptoms. I … Continue reading PRI: #Diabetes undiagnosed in many Asians