The roughly 160,000 undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts do not have access to most public health insurance programs. Some doctors and nurses in Boston have noticed this can pose particular challenges at the end of life, where the undocumented do not have access to nursing facilities or hospice care.
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With a master’s from the School of Public Health, physician Darrell Gray hopes to use telecommunications to extend care to underserved neighborhoods.
The man came into the emergency room of St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital complaining of abdominal pain. Having no insurance, he had avoided medical care as long as he could, but the pain had finally become too intense.
The gastroenterologist called in to consult that day was Darrell Gray, a young physician from Baltimore doing a fellowship at the hospital, which is affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
The phone call from Ghana clinched Asare Christian’s career path. His grandmother was exhibiting sudden, puzzling symptoms including loss of balance, coordination, and bladder function. To Christian, who was learning about brain injury in his clinical rotation in rehabilitation medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, this sounded like a case of hydrocephalus, fluid accumulation within the brain. His diagnosis was confirmed and she received surgery that saved her life. But with no physical rehabilitation services available to help her through the first months of recovery, she became disabled.
As a physician at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program since 2003, Dr. Monica Bharel knows the work she and her staff do to build trust with the more than 12,000 patients the program sees annually at nearly 80 shelters and other sites around the city is just as important as the medical care she delivers.
Anne Newland, Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy, has served as a physician at the Kayenta Health Center in Arizona for eight years, and as acting clinical director for the past three. A remote outpost with a downtown consisting of a small strip of stores, Kayenta is located about 25 miles south of Monument Valley, in the heart of gorgeously sculpted red-rock country. But the movie-set scenery belies deep public health problems.
At age four, Talita Jordan told her mother — a young, single parent — that she wanted to be a doctor. She stuck with the plan, becoming chief resident at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Now, about to graduate from Harvard School of Public Health with an MPH in health policy, Jordan has a new ambitious plan. She is returning to D.C. to pilot a program aimed at tackling childhood obesity through community change that she hopes to eventually take nationwide...
Our congratulations to Quyen Ngo-Metzger, MD, MPH, Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy (1998-1999), who has been recently appointed as the Scientific Director for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In this capacity, Dr. Ngo-Metzger will be the main government lead to provide guidance to the USPSTF and interact with the public and other agencies regarding the work of the Task Force. -- December 12, 2012
Jay Bhatt, D.O., M.P.H., Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy (2012), has been recently appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council on The National Health Service Corps of the Health Resources and Services Administration
Dr. Ali Thomas has helped develop a state legislation for Washington and will be one of the speakers during the webinar titled "Community Benefit: State level changes, resources and working with your local hospitals" on June 6, 2012, 12:00 p.m.
Dr. Roderick King, former Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy (1998) and Cultural Competence Leader in the Harvard Catalyst Program for Faculty Development and Diversity, is named Deputy Director by the Florida Public Health Institute. "Florida Public Health Institute names Roderick King, M.D., M.P.H. Deputy Director. King Supports Institute’s Mission to Advance Knowledge and Practice of Public Health"
Dr. Nawal Nour to receive AMWA’s 2012 Lila A. Wallis Women’s Health Award at the 97th Annual Meeting in Miami