Link Round Up: Oct 9 – Oct 15

Link Round Up: Oct 9 – Oct 15

By William JA Pinnock

This week’s Link Round Up is going to knock your socks off (if you’re wearing socks that is, and if you’re not, go put some on so they can be knocked off). This week we are going to cover so much that is so interesting that I don’t really want to spoil anything, but I get away too often with not providing a preview. So this week we have a profile of a nurse who works at a CHC, we are going to look at a Chicago area hospital that is trying to provide housing for homeless, then we are going to travel over to North Carolina to learn about social determinants of health, next we will see how one clinic is catering to the needs of the transgender community, and finally (I know right, so many articles!) we have an article about how physicians can better care for members of the LGBT population.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a nurse working at a community health center? After my recent trip to one, I know I was interested. So the good people over at the Daily Nurse have published an article on just that topic. Read the interview with a CHC RN here.

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Science System in Chicago is testing a new program to lower rates of ER visits among the homeless population: they are working on getting them housing. The pilot program has a budget of $250,000 that will be put towards subsidized housing for the homeless. Read more about the program here.

The city of Charlotte, NC has seen an uptick in ER visits as more Hispanic immigrants have moved to Charlotte. To understand their healthcare needs and lower the occurrence of ER visits, Charlotte has started examining social determinants of health to see how to best address this population’s needs.  Read more about how Charlotte is using data to improve healthcare here.

“I have been refused medical care by my own peers many times.” These are the words of Dr. Laura Arrowsmith, an MD and transgender female who works with transgender patients at the Trust Women South Winds Center. Her goal is to give patients the respect and understanding they deserve while they make the transition and after, things she feels she was not given when she came out as transgender. Read more about Dr. Laura Arrowsmith here.

Finally, this article is kind of a tag onto the last one. The question is simple: How do doctors provide respectful and understanding service to LGBT patients, especially those patients with medical conditions like cancer? This article provides a good guide on how to start talking to patients and giving them respect.