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This compilation of 11 articles from the AAMC Reporter’s Addressing Social Determinants of Health series offers a snapshot of strategies launched by medical schools and teaching hospitals to narrow inequities and address social factors that affect community health.
The series explores the cutting-edge and innovative ways in which academic medicine rises to the challenge of providing exceptional clinical care to the individual while also addressing social factors in the communities where patients are born, grow, work, and play.
- How an assistant clinical professor of medicine and some medical students at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine are leading efforts to address food insecurity by creating a therapeutic food pantry that will write prescriptions for healthy food.
- The benefits of relationships between academic medical centers and prison systems.
- Research spearheaded by the VA on equity, disparities, and the social determinants of health.
- Examples of how some medical educators are inserting environmental content and field experiences in medical school training.
- And much more.
Complementing the set of articles, this compilation also includes a set of commentaries by Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO, and one by Leana S. Wen, MD, MSc, Baltimore City Health Commissioner and Katherine E. Warren, Special Assistant to the Baltimore City Health Commissioner, which further explore this important issue.