ACOFP President Dr. David Park dives into his Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage and explains why it is essential for the AAPI community to be active in the medical community and pursue careers in the field.
Dr. Velayudhan explains how growing up Hindu and loving-kindness meditation practice has molded the way she faces life on and off the cushion. “I am learning that by being friendly toward our own discomfort, fears, doubts, anxieties, and uncertainties we can more easily be with these feelings when they percolate in our patients, friends, and family members.”
Despite current legislation across the country that affects the LGBTQIA+ community, the medical profession has a responsibility to treat and serve all people. In order to provide the best possible care for all of our patients, it’s important to make sure we understand the challenges our patients may face. Going the extra step to be an ally improves patient/provider trust and increases the chance for positive medical outcomes.
In 2000, the National Institute of Health defined disparity as a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic and environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systemically experienced greater obstacles to health and have historically been linked to discrimination in healthcare.
When looking at differences among patient populations and finding the best ways in which to customize treatment options, we as physicians need to take a step back to understand the varying racial, ethnic and cultural differences from which our patients come.
LTC Derrick Sorweide, DO, FACOFP, reflects on how the United States—and the world—changed following the attacks on September 11, 2001, and encourages his fellow Americans to continue moving forward and to rekindle their patriotism, even amid current and future crises.
Georgianna Stoukides, OMS-III, MA, highlights the similarities and differences between COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS—not only in the type of virus but also in how they are transmitted and who they most often affect—and the role stigmatization plays in treatment.
Nicole Rakhmanova, OMS-III, highlights the importance of tailoring preventative medicine approaches and interventions to community and cultural beliefs, while providing suggestions for ways to overcome mistrust and misinformation.
As part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Brianna Clark, DO, MPH, CNPM, CLC, provides a unique look into the connection between small-town America, the AIDS epidemic and the role of Asians and Asian Americans during the crisis.
Samantha Gordon, OMS-IV, outlines the importance of screening for depression and anxiety in adolescents and young adults, especially amid the pandemic, and offers tips for providing individuals and their families with appropriate resources.
2022 Namey/Burnett Preventive Medicine Writing Award third-place winner Krisdaniel Berreta, OMS-III, discusses how the intersection of being a member of the immigrant and LGBTQI communities can lead to poor health outcomes and outlines actions to address these issues.