Tag Archives: social determinants of health

Moving healthcare upstream: Smoketown Family Wellness Center aims to improve health at the community level

Moving healthcare upstream: Smoketown Family Wellness Center aims to improve health at the community level

Smoketown Family Wellness Center (SFWC), a cross between a pediatric office and a community center, is set to open on March 24 in the historic Presbyterian Community Center in Smoketown, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Louisville, Ky. Smoketown Family Wellness Center (SFWC), a cross between a pediatric office and a community center, is set

Obstacles to better health: The solutions to many health issues lie not just in better access to clinical care, but in better social policy

By Sarah Moyer, MD Many of our patients often face real-life situations that can make controlling such chronic conditions as diabetes and hypertension difficult. As physicians, we are often unaware of the daily struggles preventing patients from adhering to our best-laid treatment plans. A recent experience with a patient suffering with diabetes made me acutely

Employment and recovery go hand-in-hand: A job at Kroger can provide a paycheck, but also improve health and health outcomes.

  By Sally McMahon Efforts to improve health in the United States have traditionally looked to the healthcare system as the key driver of health and health outcomes. While this is certainly important, research has shown that broader approaches addressing socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment and social support networks also impact population health and

Butterfly effect: Insight into how Kentucky’s children are doing when it comes to health.

By Terry Brooks   A few years back, I came across an article in the MIT Technology Review about the power of the “butterfly effect.” It outlined the ground-breaking research of Edward Lorenz on chaos. As a pioneer in climate research, Lorenz documented that the flap of a butterfly’s wings in South America affected air

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