The Morehouse Model: How One School of Medicine Revolutionized Community Engagement and Health Equity

by eea | Friday, July 10, 2020 - 4:00 PM

This book was written to address the literature and practice gap on effective community engagement strategies in underserved metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural communities, especially in African American communities. The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) model of community engagement is an integrated framework based on social science principles and real-time lessons learned. This book, The Morehouse Model , takes you behind the scenes to unfold how integrated strategies from varied health promotion and prevention programs and community-based participatory research contributed to MSM’s preeminence in leading the creation and advancement of health equity. The institution’s global leadership in prioritizing and sustaining community engagement through its number one ranking (among 154 medical schools) in social mission warranted a comprehensive anthology of how this reputation was built, exemplified, and has been scaled over time. The details in this work provide a guiding compass illustrated through a model, case studies, and lessons learned that other academic health centers and health equity proponents may emulate and adapt within their own contexts. The academic authors have long valued the significance of community intelligence for solving health concerns in concert with communities. The model uses a population science approach to reach the hard-to-reach marginalized and...Read More

Living with Diabetes during the COVID-19 Pandemic

by eea | Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 4:00 PM

By Michael W. Quartuccio, MD Over 10% of the United States population has diabetes [1] . Long-term consequences of poorly managed diabetes include visual impairment, kidney failure, amputations, and a higher risk of heart disease or stroke. However, in the short term, poorly managed diabetes may impact the body’s response to a viral illness. Though the mechanism is not completely understood, high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) may result in a dysfunctional immune response to infection. This can lead to a more serious illness with infections than in those without diabetes. Using the example of the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009-10, studies showed that those with diabetes were 3 times more likely to be hospitalized and 4 times more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit than those without diabetes [2] . This increased risk is especially important to consider during the COVID-19 pandemic. Risk of/Severity of COVID-19 infection Early data from China suggest that those with diabetes are likely not at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, but are at a higher risk of worse outcomes [3] ,...Read More

Artifacts – Q&A with author Crystal Lake

by eea | Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Why did you decide to write Artifacts: How We Think and Write about Found Objects ? Until I went to college in 1997, I lived in a log cabin that my parents had built on a spot of land owned by my great grandparents, tucked by the side of a desolate dirt road in southern West Virginia. Family hand-me-downs along with the detritus of a dwindling rural community seemed to accumulate in our cabin; my dad, especially, liked to keep and collect old things. Sometimes, I’ve felt like I grew up in some version of the 1700s, and no doubt my own past helped endear me to the study of history and the stories that its objects might tell. In 2011, I visited the library at the Society of Antiquaries in London and got a chance also to poke around in their museum. On the top floor of Burlington House, behind a plain door with a modest plaque that read simply “MUSEUM,” there was a small room where a dusty glass cabinet ran alongside one wall and floor-to-ceiling shelves teetered on the other side stuffed full of thousands of items that had been donated to the Society...Read More

Implications of the Coronavirus for Children

by eea | Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 4:00 PM

By Edward Bell, PharmD, BCPS Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Drake University College of Pharmacy, Des Moines Iowa Author, Children’s Medicines: What Every Parent, Grandparent, and Teacher Needs to Know (Johns Hopkins Press Health) What Symptoms Does Coronavirus Cause, and are They Different in Children and Adults? Coronavirus is spread among people primarily through the respiratory tract, by coughing, sneezing, and even talking. This is the reason for “6-foot social distancing.” The coronavirus can stay viable (“alive”) on various surfaces, such as door handles or grocery carts for a brief time, although it is not yet known how long. This is why it is best to wash one’s hands often, especially when making trips to a grocery store or a pharmacy for needed items. Symptoms of COVID-19 infection and disease are relatively similar to other respiratory tract infections, with common symptoms of cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, and sore throat. It is possible that some children and adults can be infected with the COVID-19 virus, yet they do not demonstrate any symptoms of infection. New data from COVID-19 cases in China and the US demonstrate that symptoms in children tend to be milder, overall, as compared with...Read More

Managing Depression during the Coronavirus Crisis

by eea | Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 5:00 PM

By Susan J. Noonan MD, MPH

The COVID-19 worldwide health crisis has had a major impact on us medically, socially, and economically, with significant disruption to our lives and daily routines. It is a cause of monumental stress, newfound fear, and anxiety in many, including:

fear of the unknown; fear of contracting the virus ourselves and in loved ones, with uncertain and potentially fatal outcomes; concerns about insufficient access to both routine and urgent health care, treatments, procedures, medications, and resources; loneliness due to social isolation and physical separation; fear and anxiety related to erratic changes in our economy, job losses, and diminishing personal financial resources.

The nearly continuous media coverage magnifies our fears, especially when varied, uncertain, rapidly changing, or contradictory information is circulated.

These concerns are more profound in the approximately 25 million adults and adolescents in the United States who experience a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder each year. Most of the life changes that accompany the COVID-19 crisis have a negative effect on depression, our ability to manage it, and the stabilizing factors in our lives that support our emotional health. They include:...Read More