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Thyroid Warrior Podcast

Oct 7, 2021

Today's episode is giving you an actual example of how social determinants of health can impact someone's care.

  For me, we have to have a more broad conversation about care. It's not solely on race. If we could focus more on how similar we are despite our experiences and differences.   Yes, health disparities exist.    Yes, minority populations are usually impacted by these structural issues.   However,   WE have all struggled with access to care.   WE come from different backgrounds and have had poor experiences in getting to appointments.   WE have all struggled with watching loved ones get sick because they can't afford their medications.   The question is how do WE work TOGETHER to help each other MORE?   Resources

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Nolen, LaShyra, et al. “How Medical Education Is Missing the Bull's-Eye: NEJM.” New England Journal of Medicine, 25 June 2020,

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Joseph R. Betancourt, Alexander R. Green. “Defining Cultural Competence: A Practical Framework for Addressing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care - Joseph R. Betancourt, Alexander R. Green, J. Emilio Carrillo, Owusu Ananeh-Firempong, 2003.” SAGE Journals, 1 July 2003, 

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Place, Not Race: Disparities Dissipate In Southwest Baltimore When Blacks And Whites Live Under Similar Conditions