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Perspectives in Primary Care features writing from practitioners, activists, and community members representing organizations, practices, and institutions across the United States and around the world.

Advocacy

Finding the Courage and Will to Achieve Health Equity: Asking the Right Questions

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and instances of racism against Black individuals have resulted in dangerous health outcomes for Black Americans, particularly given Black/African Americans are
Advocacy

Vaccine Rollout and the Great Divide: Communities of Color Deserve More from Our Health Care System

I remember getting this phone call from a friend and feeling helpless: I want my grandmother who lives in Boston to get vaccinated, but I don't have transportation to get her to one of the mass vaccination sites, and also I don't feel comfortable taking her out of her home. She is 90 years old with underlying conditions which places her in the high-risk category. ...
Insights

Arab American Research Gaps and a Survey of its Solutions

A little thought exercise Think of the simplest pieces of health information that we know, rely upon, and understand in society. Smoking causes lung cancer, insulin resistance precedes type-2 diabetes, lead bears a detrimental impact on child health. Because of applied public health, surveillance programs, population health metrics, and increased data ...

Reflections on Tribal Primary Care in America

California of the pioneers, peopled by progressives of campsites with bear lockers of pines and berries of easy cilantro in markets of walnut milk

From Redlining to Gentrification: The Policy of the Past that Affects Health Outcomes Today

In the 1980s, a set of historical city maps resurfaced to reveal a hidden facet of our neighborhoods—the redlined status. As it turns out, the implementation of these maps saved the housing sector and bolstered prosperity for some demographic groups but increased disparities in homeownership, wealth, and health for others. The structural inequalities set in place by federal policies over 80 years ago are still evident in communities today. As our ...

The Current State of COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts in Children

Children are absolutely essential to the success of COVID-19 vaccination efforts, as children aged 0-15 years compose nearly 20% of the United ...

National Arab American Heritage Month as a Public Health Catalyst

I am a young Arab American, born and raised in New York, yet this is the first year I am celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM). In fact, for as long as I have been alive, Arab American advocacy groups like the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Arab American Institute have been pushing for April to be named

COVID-19 Ravages the COFA Community in Hawai‘i

As of January 31, 2021, Pacific Islanders in Hawai‘i had the highest age-adjusted mortality rate in the United States at 319.6 deaths per 100,000 persons. In comparison, the United States mortality rate during the same period was 153 deaths per 100,000, and Hawai‘i as a whole had the lowest mortality rate in ...

Evolving Concepts of Justice and Safety

Criminalizing survival Rachel stayed. She stayed to survive, and for that the criminal legal system labeled her a “frequent flyer.” When she called 911, she was lucky if she got a couple hours reprieve from her long-time partner’s life-threatening abuse before he returned home. He would often return home bragging about the arresting officer making a pit stop for him at a nearby ATM to make his bond—a common ...
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