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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.

Muslim Community Engagement Efforts to Tackle COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged communities across the globe to organize and collaborate for effective public health communications, and the rapidly evolving science around the COVID-19 crisis requires a coherent and cross-functional response to allow for up-to-date messaging. Vaccines for COVID-19 also present challenges as they have been developed at a precarious time in the midst of many challenges, conspiracy theories, and ...

Winds of Change: Communicating the Biden Administration’s Immigration Policies Can Help Combat the Pandemic

With rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths falling dramatically from peaks in January, the United States may be turning the corner on the pandemic. At the same time, the Biden administration has signaled a U-turn from the Trump era on immigration. From Day One, the new administration has expressed support for proposals to legalize millions of unauthorized immigrants, advanced executive actions to restore acceptance of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, and embraced more welcoming ...

A Worsening Crisis: Obstetric Care in Rural America

Women are not dying because of diseases we cannot treat. They are dying because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives are worth saving. —Mahmoud Fathalla There is a crisis in the United States… a crisis that will worsen ...

Promoting COVID-19 Vaccination Equity

As COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out across the United States, there is an urgent need to increase vaccination rates among people of ...

Fragmented Medical Advice & Misinformation Hurt Public Health

Driving through Southern California during the COVID-19 pandemic often feels like going from one California to another… you get in the car in one city, with everyone around you masked, including families walking together, keeping distance from others… then you get out of the car 30 minutes later in another city, with almost no one masked, and people packed inside restaurants or standing in lines close to each other. The difference is startling.

The Value of Primary Care Doctors in an Equitable Vaccine Rollout

Dr. Nguyen, a primary care physician in Orange County, California, received a phone call Wednesday morning from his medical group. “Would you be interested in giving out the COVID-19 vaccine?” The call was unexpected but welcomed. He hadn’t heard that primary care doctors were being enlisted to administer the vaccine. In fact, news across the country indicated unrest ...

The Unique Implications of Diversifying Dietetics

The first time I met a Black dietitian was the first day of my dietetics internship. After four years of undergraduate education, countless hours volunteering and shadowing dietitians from food banks, hospitals, community gardens, and schools, I was now in the presence of Dr. Sharon McWhinney. As a Black woman aspiring to become a dietitian, I was met with a lot of feelings during that internship orientation. Part of me was in awe, as I watched this woman command a room with her silver-grey ...

How Many More Children Must Be Hurt by Pollution?

A nine-year-old girl in London died from an asthma attack in 2013, and she is the first person in the world to have “air ...

Healing Across the Divides: Peace Building Through Health

Shortly after Healing Across the Divides began its work, the Israeli army had placed boulders at the entrance to Sinjil—a Palestinian town in the central West Bank—blocking it off from the outside world. A local Palestinian woman contacted me, persistently urging me to “tell President Bush to end the occupation.” And doing everything possible within my realm of control, I ...
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