The Governor’s office has approved a request from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP), the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) and the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) to proclaim January 2019 as Health Equity Month in Minnesota. In addition to other activities, we are collaborating on a two-part health equity series. Mark […]
Category: "Poverty & Disparities"
By Eileen Crespo, MD, FAAP, Vice President of Medical Services, Delta Dental Minnesota; pediatrician at Hennepin Healthcare When I was a child, I remember sitting with fluoride trays in my mouth for what seemed like hours at the dentist. Then, you couldn’t eat for an hour. The advent of fluoride varnish has changed all of […]
Diana Cutts, MD, FAAP, Hennepin County Medical Center; and Rich Sheward, deputy director of innovative partnerships at Children’s HealthWatch Why screen for social determinants of health? In the United States, we spend increasingly more money per capita on medical services compared to other industrialized nations, while we spend increasingly less on social services. Thus, despite […]
By Nate Chomilo, MD, Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity Here’s a statistic that may be hard to hear: Only 10 to 20 percent of health outcomes are attributable to health care. For all our education, training and expertise, there is only so much we as physicians can do if we choose to only work within […]
Neil Bratney, MD, FAAP Nearly 1 in 10 Minnesotans are food insecure; that’s a half-a-million Minnesotans who don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. While poverty is a common contributing factor, transportation and geographic factors may also affect families without cars or without a grocery store nearby. Many families are just above […]