RESPECTFrom the New York Times see
25 mini-films for exploring race, bias and identity with students.

Posted by: jlenart | March 8, 2017

The Opioid Epidemic: 3 Webinars

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A three-part webinar series The Opioid Epidemic: What can we do differently? is available. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administratio.n

Medications Used to Treat Opioid Addiction (February 7, 2017):

Working Together to Address Opioid Addiction: We are all part of the solution! (February 21, 2017):

 Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives (February 28, 2017):

Posted by: jlenart | January 19, 2017

The Migration Policy Institute


The Migration Policy Institute provides resources on research, data, maps, programs and initiatives related to migration around the world. As immigration and refugee rights are increasingly discussed, their resources provide data and research to facilitate decisions.

For additional information on the refugee crisis see World at War: Forced Displacement in 2014 from the UN Refugee Agency.

Posted by: jlenart | January 19, 2017

African Americans’ Health & Health Care

Disparities experienced by African Americans in relation to health and access to health care are illustrated in an infographic by the Kaiser Family Foundation: Health and Health Care for Blacks in the United States.  One example is see below.


Kaiser Family Foundation, Health and Health Care for Blacks in the United States, (Washington, DC: Kaiser Family Foundation, January 2017),

Posted by: jlenart | December 5, 2016

Geography and health

counties-of-usaAre you interested in how geography impact health outcomes? See these 2016 articles.

An article by Raj Chetty and colleagues:

Editorials by Angus Deaton, the 2015 Nobel Prize winner in Economics:

An articly by Steven Woolf who is also an author of the Institute of Medicine’s 2013 report, U.S. Health in International Perspective  Shorter Lives Poorer Health:

An article by Michael McGuinnes of the National Academy of Sciences:

A New York Times’ front page story:

Posted by: jlenart | November 14, 2016

Well-being and living longer

townHow important to your longevity is your sense of well-being in your community? A new study in Health Affairs, November 2016 suggests that it is very important. The research identified components of well-being including physical health, emotional health, life satisfaction, optimism and sense of security. The authors found that communities with higher well-being scores also had higher life expectancy after controlling for poverty, education and race. Life expectancy in the 3,000 counties studied varied for women, from 73 to 85 years and for men, from 64 to 82 years of age. Read a summary or see the study at Arora, A., Spatz, E., Herrin, J., Riley, C., Roy, B., Kell, K., Coberley, C., Rula, E., & Krumholz, H.M. (2016).  Population Well-Being Measures Help Explain Geographic Disparities In Life Expectancy At The County Level. Health Affairs (Millwood), 1;35(11):2075-2082. PubMed PMID: 27834249.

Posted by: jlenart | October 12, 2016

Addressing Race in Clinical Practice

clinicThe Institute for Healthcare Improvement shares the experience of the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center of Boston, Massachusetts as they explored questions that promote health equity during clinical visits and address race in clinical practice.

Posted by: jlenart | September 19, 2016

Making Sense of Health Equity Terminology


Words Matter: Making Sense of Health Equity Terminology provides definitions of five key words used in the discussion of health equity. Additional links are listed in this resource from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Posted by: jlenart | September 19, 2016

Mistrust of the Health System

mistrustThe video Mistrust of the Health System (4 minutes) summarizes the reasons some people do not trust health care services and proposes actions to improve the trust. The presenter is Rev. Bobby Baker, Director of Faith and Community Partnerships of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, TN. The video is offered by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School.

Posted by: jlenart | August 22, 2016

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)

sad childAdverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are now recognized to have long-term impacts on the brain and life-long cognitive and emotional health. This is essential information for health care providers who provide care to all ages. Understanding adults’ ACEs may contribute to creating a plan that will improve their well-being. Asking about children’s exposure to ACEs provides an opportunity to intervene and prevent the impact on the developing brain. For information see Brain Scans Show Biological Link Between Early Life Stress and Poorer Adult Mental Health. The CDC’s Violence Prevention ACEs page provide data and evidence for effective interventions. The ACEs Too High News by a science journalist offers stories of successful interventions.

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