A forum surrounding the Pursuing Heath Equity theme took place at the National Press Club in Washington DC on June 6, with Dr. Washington, among 150 others, participating. Video and audio of the day is archived on the Health Affairs website here.
"Implementation of Medical Homes in Federally Qualified Health Centers," with GIM Professor Katherine Kahn as Senior Author was published as a Special Article in the New England Journal of Medicine June 21st issue. The paper shows that most of the federally qualified health centers that participated in a nation-wide program to help them adopt a “medical home” model of advanced primary care were successful in doing so. Changes improved primary care access, highlighting evidence that wide scale improvements for patients receiving care in safety net clinics are feasible despite many patients having long-standing disease burdens, substantial social service needs, and limited English proficiency or health literacy. Attention to implementation and funding is critical for success.
Associate Professor Michael Ong contributed to a UCLA Health News Release "How Safe Is Vaping?", which looks at the potential health concerns of the relatively new, rapidly growing e-cigarette trend, noting "The way a regular cigarette is constructed is very well-known, whereas these vaping products haven’t undergone the rigorous testing of other consumer products. They’re so new that it hasn’t been clear how they should be regulated. In the past, when we just assumed certain smoking products were safer, there were negative consequences. We ended up exposing a lot of people to harms like secondhand smoke, which can cause all sorts of health effects, before we fully understood their implications.”