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.

Homelessness Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: How the Perry Street Recovery Center Reminds Us to Prioritize Community Partnerships

In January 2020, Tom was 61 years old when he was evicted from his home. In the following months, an already distressing and traumatic experience was further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tom was living in a shelter when he first tested positive for COVID-19. He said, “I was alright, but I didn’t know what [a positive test result] meant for me.” And Tom’s story is extremely common. When people living in congregate shelters test positive for COVID-19, they have limited options. If ...

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

Menstrual Health During COVID-19: How Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Can Improve Equity

Globally, over 800 million women, girls, and gender non-binary persons are menstruating while simultaneously coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, the ability to safely manage their menstrual health and hygiene remains a widely

The Original Pandemic: Commercial Tobacco

All mentions of tobacco in this article refer to commercial tobacco and nicotine products and not sacred and traditional use of tobacco by some Native American communities. This article is solely for informational educational purposes and is not meant to lobby and/or express, promote, or influence support or opposition on any ...

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 ...

Redefining Our Herd: COVID-19 Vaccine as a Human Right for Non-U.S. Citizens

Basic epidemiological terminology has steadily crept into everyday jargon as the COVID-19 pandemic has been raging globally. “Quarantine,” “physical distancing,” “isolation,” “PCR testing,” “rapid testing”—all words that may have otherwise come from a sci-fi movie are now among the many terms dropped in conversations as friends, family members, and ...

The Road to Healing

The United States is now reporting over 440,000 deaths due to COVID-19, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is projecting 490,000 ...

The Changing Landscape of Telehealth Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Merv is my 94-year-old patient living in Washington, D.C. in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, attempting to continue his treatments for diabetes, hypertension, and leukemia. He’s at significantly increased risk for severe COVID infection, though fortunately, due to Medicare’s

The Impact of Neighborhoods on Racial & Ethnic Inequities in COVID-19

As 2021 opens with US COVID-19 cases soaring, racial/ethnic inequities persisting, and
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