Just Read: Doing the Right Thing for Trans Health is Now Easier Than You Think

Just Read: Doing the Right Thing for Trans Health is Now Easier Than You Think

One of my professional colleagues, Dana Beyer, MD (@DanaBeyerMD), wrote this beautiful column in the Huffington Post recently (Doing the Right Thing for Trans Health is Now Easier Than You Think | Huffington Post).

It describes the numerous protections that transgender people now have when it comes to receiving equitable, medically supervised care. A lot of physicians and care providers I encounter are not aware of these protections. Sometimes it’s the opposite – they feel UNprotected in providing science-based care to people in this population. Continue reading→

Just Read (and discussed with my mother): Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg

Just Read (and discussed with my mother): Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg

I know I’ve come to this book 3 years later than the rest of society, and I don’t actually know why I picked it up – I think someone told me it was a must read. So I read it.

I actually consulted my mother at the conclusion to ask things about myself and herself that I hadn’t known before. Except that I had. More on that later. Continue reading→

Just Read: Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars

Just Read: Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars

In my regular sojurns into the things that produce health, such as well designed communities and transportation systems, I happened upon this title, a fantastic 101 of what any physician needs to know about the lever of transportation to reduce patients’ reliance on us.

What’s “normal” – a motordom-dominated, car-for-every-human, streets as wide as football fields society, or something else? Continue reading→

Just Read: Transforming the Health Care Response to Intimate Partner Violence

Just Read: Transforming the Health Care Response to Intimate Partner Violence

Co-authored by one of my favorite physician colleagues, Brigid McCaw, MD (@BrigidMcCaw) whose work is an example of what happens when physicians lead. Clinicians use tools embedded in the electronic health record to facilitate screening, intervention, documentation, and referrals. Electronic health record questionnaires and progress note tem- plates include prompts for further inquiry (eg, “Are … Continue reading Just Read: Transforming the Health Care Response to Intimate Partner Violence

Just Read: Can Physicians Manage the Quality and Costs of Health Care? The Story of the Permanente Medical Group

Just Read: Can Physicians Manage the Quality and Costs of Health Care? The Story of the Permanente Medical Group

To know where you’re going, it’s important to know where you came from….

This book, published in 1991, gives a physician’s eye view of one of the most significant health movements in the United States – prepaid, integrated health care with a social mission.

Before reading the book, I already knew that part. I didn’t appreciate its scope in American consciousness, though:
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Just Read: Debunking the “Bathroom Bill” Myth: Accurate Reporting on Nondiscrimination – A Guide for Journalists

Just Read: Debunking the "Bathroom Bill" Myth: Accurate Reporting on Nondiscrimination - A Guide for Journalists

Any journalist or communication professional reporting on LGBTQ issues should read this guide.

And yet, they don’t take the time to use proper terminology, as professionals in their own business.

It’s possible I’ve referred you to this post if you are one. See below for the reason why.

National Public Radio (@NPR) has had particular trouble with this concept (see below). Continue reading→

Just Read: The Total Health of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (Safety & Access Study)

Just Read: The Total Health of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (Safety & Access Study)

A very cool unintended (or intended?) consequence of sensing your environment is that you start to think about how to improve it.

With that in mind, and with stimulus provided by the Design and Health Leaders Group of the American Institute of Architects, and the team at the Washington, DC Office of Planning, I found this look at the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT), which the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health is fortunate to co-inhabit.

Why fortunate?

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