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.
Nalini Velayudhan, DO, shares how motherhood inspired her decision to pursue family medicine as part of the ACOFP Women’s Leadership Committee series.
Roberteen McCray, DO, sheds light on sex trafficking, what signs physicians can look for and how they can help patients they suspect are victims.
Jacob Lenz, OMS-IV, explores the benefits and adverse effects of cannabis—both recreational and medicinal—and how the role of continued legalization across the United States impacts patient care.
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.
Need for Increased Screening and Treatment of Anxiety and Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults in the Setting of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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.
Health & Wellness Committee Chair Monica Woodall, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP, shares her story of COVID-19 burnout and how it continues to affect her, her family and friends, her practice and her patients.
In the final part of the immunization series, Stanley E. Grogg, DO, FACOP, FAAP, interprets footnotes and addresses questions regarding influenza vaccines, MMR vaccines, varicella vaccines, Hepatitis A vaccines and various Meningococcal serogroup vaccines for children and adolescents.
In part three of the new immunization series, Stanley E. Grogg, DO, FACOP, FAAP, interprets footnotes and addresses questions regarding pediatric and adolescent vaccines, including COVID-19, hepatitis B, rotavirus, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus type B, pneumococcal, inactivated poliovirus and combination vaccines.
Stanley E. Grogg, DO, FACOP, FAAP, interprets the footnotes and addresses commonly asked questions about MMR, VAR and more, in part two of the new immunization blog series.
As part of Pride Month, Joan Grzybowski, DO, FACOFP, reflects on the history of the AIDS crisis and how it has impacted healthcare in the decades following.
In part one of a new immunization blog series, Stanley E. Grogg, DO, FACOP, FAAP, interprets the footnotes and addresses commonly asked questions.