Retail Clinics and population health

Retail clinics (RCs) initiated as a response of the market to unmet needs of healthcare consumers for accessible, convenient, and cost-effective basic health services. As the clinics become a popular means of treating minor medical conditions at lower costs, they have established a niche in the health care system based on their convenience and accessibility…

Does Healthcare Reform Matter for Students?

With the Health Insurance Exchanges rolling out this month, now’s as good a time as ever to explore the implications health care reform and the Affordable Care Act have on us, as students. Although the ACA, “Obamacare,” has been widely discussed in the media, outside of the SPH I notice my friends don’t tend to…

Healthcare Reform: A Health Promoter’s Perspective

As a health promoter, I often think about how to prevent disease from even happening. One characterization I heard about the U.S. healthcare system was from former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders at last year’s Public Health Practice Symposium was that the U.S. doesn’t even have a ‘health’-care system – we have a ‘sick’-care…

All About Access and Equality

UM SPH Dean Ken Warner kicked off the 24th Annual Minority Health Conference today by acknowledging the historic moment, since this is the day after health care reform FINALLY got through the U.S. House of Representatives.  Sure, it’s a watered-down version of what it would take to truly address health disparities (perhaps the major issue…

Bring it Back, Take it Forward

Last weekend (March 12-14), many units at the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor District Library supported a conference titled “Bring it Back, Take it Forward”, about 50 years of activism in southeastern Michigan. I spoke on Friday on the Health Activism panel as an AIDS activist, along with two physicians who have been…

Springing Forward, in More Ways Than One?

I watched  students line up in the snow for airport shuttles 2 weeks ago. Now they’re back from break, looking tanned and enjoying  warm days. The snow has melted from all but the north sides of buildings, and 50-plus degrees feels great.  Joggers are out in shirtsleeves,  and fresh green shoots are poking out of…