In this interview, Richard (Rick) McKinney, MD, describes integrative medicine and an online community for those interested in bringing Integrative Medicine to the underserved. Known by its acronym IM4US, you can visited them online at im4us.org. McKinney is a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF and serves as the Medical Director of the Integrative Health Office at San Francisco General Hospital, the county safety net facility.
As a licensed professional counselor, Giselle Perry balances her time between private practice and the Loudoun Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Northern Virginia that provides primary care to people with limited or no health insurance. Giselle describes her satisfaction in working with the underserved and helping a particular patient overcome one of her greatest fears.
As a Physician Assistant at Upper Cardozo Clinic in Washington, DC, Jessica Wallace serves a largely immigrant population that is mostly uninsured and culturally isolated. Her patients are disproportionately affected by diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other chronic conditions. So Jessica and her team have implemented an innovative program called We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) to engage their clients in achieving better health for themselves and their families. Listen to her story and visit the We Can! website to learn more.
Clinical pharmacist Michelle Lamb, Pharm.D., CDE, BCACP, takes pride in being part of a transdisciplinary health care team. She combines high tech (health IT is an important tool in enhancing patient care) with and high touch, delivering information tailored to the patient’s culture and literacy level.
Nurse practitioner Nereida Savoy arrived in the U.S. from Cuba as a little girl and political refuge. This experience helped shape her desire to work with other minority and disadvantaged groups. Here she shares her experience working on a Navajo reservation.
Denise White-Perkins, M.D., is a family physician at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI and Director of the Institute on Multicultural Health. She reflects on her decision to practice with the underserved and on training the next generation of clinicians to recognize the social and cultural influences on health.
Kate Wilson, RN, Director of Health Information Systems at Arlington Free Clinic, in Arlington, VA, works in a “mini United Nations.” She discusses the impact of health care reform and electronic health records on the clinic and its patients.
Vania Maldonado, a patient care coordinator at the Loudoun County Community Health Center in Leesburg, Virginia, shares a secret to her success: for her, the patients are like family.
Family physician Chris Echterling faced a patient whose needs were so overwhelming, he sent an email to colleagues saying, “Who wants to help me save a life?”