Climate Change Health Threats Awaken Physician Advocacy
The health threats of climate change—from asthma from decreased air quality to altered patterns of infectious disease—are well-documented. The issue is prompting typically advocacy-shy physicians—who are seeing the impact of climate change among their own patients grow to alarming rates—to mobilize.
More Respect Could Mean Less Physician Burnout
As physician burnout continues to capture national attention and concern for its serious implications for quality of care, a new Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) study provides new insights around the issue’s root causes.
Diversity Among Doctors: Why It Matters
Even as minority populations within the United States increase at a rapid rate, more than half of current medical school students are white—perpetuating medicine’s history of underrepresented minorities. Why that matters, and what can be done to tip the scales, was the topic of a recent panel discussion on the WGBH show “Basic Black.”
For Physicians-in-Training, a Boost to Work-Life Balance
A new Partners HealthCare parental leave policy enacted last fall is helping to ease the pressures faced by physicians-in-training who seek to balance the dual—and at times conflicting—goals of career preparation and family.
Educational Opportunities, Specialty Care Bring Health Equity to Native Americans
Our country’s 5.2 million Native Americans represent around 1.7% of the U.S. population—but only .56% of active physicians and .48% of full-time faculty members at U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals nationwide.
Combatting Chronic Disease, Bringing Food Security to Communities
As the holidays approach, tables across the state will overflow with celebratory meals—but far too many will lack healthy, fresh foods, as they do all year. At Partners, we recognize the links between healthy food scarcity and poor health, and we have many initiatives underway to bring better food to our communities’ most challenged neighborhoods.