July-August 2021 | Volume 104 | Issue 4
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IN THIS ISSUE
Where we live, what schools we went to—and how many years we studied, the kind of exercise we do regularly, our income, our relationships … these and more, including race and ethnicity, impact our health and our healthcare. A number of physicians are trying to improve the social determinants of health for those at the low end of the spectrum, both in the clinic and through advocacy. Articles begin on page 20.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ON THE COVER
Social determinants of health
Where patients live, work, learn, play and more affects their health throughout life.
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine students help—and learn—from unsheltered patients.
BY GRACE JOHNSON AND DERRICK LEWIS
The Indian Health Board in Minneapolis and Access Family Medical Clinic in Worthington work with patients who have needs well outside their clinic visits.
BY SUZY FRISCH
Some urban neighborhoods have little access to affordable and healthy food.
BY JANET SCHMITT, MD
Some physicians devote themselves to improving systems that affect their patients’ well-being.
BY SUZY FRISCH
Programs in schools can offer barrier-free healthcare in a one-stop hub where children and youth spend the majority of their waking hours.
BY ABBE PENZINER-BOKDE, MD
Since 1965, these medical professionals have become essential to providing care in today’s healthcare systems.
BY VICTORIA LOUWAGIE, MSPAS, PA-C; OMAR MOUSA, MBBS, MD; AND BECKY NESS, PA-C
CLINICAL and HEALTH AFFAIRS
BY DOUGLAS CHALLENER, MD; ADITYA SHAH, MBBS; MATTHEW BINNICKER, PHD; ANDREW BADLEY, MD; AND JOHN O’HORO, MD, MPH
BY MACKENZIE MAKI, MD; JETTER ROBERTSON, DO; EVIDIO DOMINGO-MUSIBAY, MD; AND JANE YUET
CHING HUI, MD, MS
You can ask someone who wants to wait for more data whether the unlikely long-term risk of vaccination outweighs the very well-known risks (including long-term risks) of getting or spreading COVID.
Zeke J. McKinney, MD, MHI, MPH
Researchers studying Native Americans need to make sure the community is a driver, not just a subject.
BY KONNIE LEMAY
THE JOY OF MEDICINE
RECLAIMING HAPPINESS IN YOUR WORK
Amy Stenehjem, MD, finds ways to calm her limbic system when under stress.
BY LINDA PICONE
BY CRESTA JONES, MD, AND MARAIKA ROBINSON, MD
LIFE IN MEDICINE
BY IRIS WAGMAN BOROWSKY, MD, PHD
ARTS AND MEDICINE
A poem on feeling like an imposter.
BY JAMEE SCHOEPHOERSTER
BY BRYAN J. NETH, MD, PHD
Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell became physicians despite the odds.
BY CHARLES R. MEYER, MD
THE PHYSICIAN ADVOCATE
The MMA's report on policy, people and politics
MMA on Minnesota eviction case. Suicide rate in Minnesota decreases. New conditions qualify for medical cannabis. Mental health crisis for children.
Eleazar Briones, MD, and John Patrick (JP) Janowski, MD.