Poverty & Health

In Rural Kentucky, a Surprising Twist on the Health Debate (2009) | Frank Browning, Kaiser Health News – Models of health care in places like Hazard that could prove instructive to rebuilding healthy communities across the nation, both rural and urban.

The Underserved Pathway – Supports medical students and residents interested in working in underserved rural, urban and international communities and with underserved populations. The Underserved Pathway provides an array of mentorship, academic and experiential activities. The core curriculum is web-based and includes the following eight modules: Who Are the Underserved; Patients with HIV/AIDS; Medicare 101; Race, Ethnicity & Healthcare; People with Disabilities; Chronic Poverty; and Intimate Partner & Domestic Violence. Administered by the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

A Guide to Community-Campus Partnerships for the Health of People Experiencing Homelessness (2004) | National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Medical Management of Vulnerable & Underserved Patients  (2006) | King Jr TE, Wheeler M, Fernandez A, Schillinger D, Bindman A, Grumbach K, Villela T| McGraw-Hill | Lange Medical Books – This fairly comprehensive text offers the background and practical knowledge required to teach health care professionals to care for vulnerable populations, both at the individual and the systems level. Well organized and easy to read, the book is in three sections: Principles, practice and populations. Many of the chapters address issues of particular concern to homeless health care providers: Case management, multidisciplinary care models, promoting medical adherence and behavior change, mobile outreach, caring for alcohol and drug users, and caring for oneself while caring for others. Each chapter contains specific objectives as well as discussion questions and resources that can be practical for physician-educators.

Not All of Us are Saints: A Doctor’s Journey with the Poor (1994) | Hilfiker D | Hill & Wang, New York, 2004.

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