In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we will discuss African American Wellness. The harsh reality is that not all patients are treated equally, and racism has consequences on a person’s health and health care.An Associated Press wire story from 1966, contained Dr. King’s famous quotation regarding injustice in health care—“Of all the forms of in-equality, injustice in health, is the most shocking and in-human.”
My guest today, Dr Michael Lenoir, has been committed to the health and well-being of the African American community for a long time now…believing that “Healthcare is a fundamental right.”
Guest: Dr. Michael Lenoir
Dr. LeNoir has been the CEO of the Ethnic Health America Network, and currently he is CEO and Chairperson of the African American Wellness Project and the host and producer of the Black Doctors Speak Podcast. He is a board-certified, practicing pediatrician in Oakland, and a nationally recognized expert on asthma in inner cities. In the past he served as president of the Ethnic Health Institute at Alta Bates/Summit Medical Center and associate clinical professor in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He has been an active member of the National Medical Association and was the 114th President. Dr. Lenore was the host of About Health Radio show on KPFA.org for over 20 years.
Functional Medicine addresses the root causes of disease. My guest, Angel Shannon, MS, CRNP, will help us understand how this patient-centered and science-based approach can be of great value during this prolonged Covid-19 pandemic. She will suggest ways we can enhance our immune system, restore our health, and consider life-style changes that could move us towards increased wellbeing. She will also offer sound tips of how to be an advocate for your health, no matter what healthcare system you’re a part of.
Angel V. Shannon, MS, CRNP, is a personal development keynote speaker, board certified nurse practitioner, and founder of Seva Health and The Seva Institute. Her inspiring presentations are drawn from over two decades of clinical practice and lifetime study of integrative health and mind-body medicine. In 2019, she founded the Seva Institute to bring the wisdom of ancient contemplative practices into the corporate environment, leading seminars in mindfulness based stress reduction to help overworked professionals develop inner resilience and embodied leadership. In addition to managing her busy clinical and coaching practice, Angel is the host of Healthy House Calls With Angel, a podcast filled with tips, tools, and strategies to live longer and live better with lifestyle medicine. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/healthy-housecalls-with-angel/id1551184766. Stay connected with Angel at www.sevahealthgroup.com.
Are you getting the medical care you hoped for? Perhaps you really like your doctor and feel listened to and well treated. Or maybe you’re frustrated with the lack of coordinated medical care, unconscious bias, and medical systems that don’t keep patients well-being at the center of their decisions. Most people agree that the US health care system is broken, but there is also a less talked about problem to address— “physician culture.” My guest, Dr. Robert Pearl, says, “Doctors are not heroes or villains. They produce remarkable successes and abysmal failures.” We’ll discuss what doctors do well, and how some miss the mark on compassionate, science based, high quality, and effective medicine for all.
**Listen now to About Health on KPFA.org—94.1FM, (7/12/21)**
ROBERT PEARL, M.D. is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (1999-2017), the nation’s largest medical group, and former president of The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (2009-2017). In these roles he led 10,000 physicians, 38,000 staff and was responsible for the nationally recognized medical care of 5 million Kaiser Permanente members. Named one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician leaders, he is an advocate for the power of integrated, prepaid, technologically advanced and physician-led healthcare delivery. He serves as a clinical professor of plastic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and is on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on strategy and leadership, and lectures on information technology and health care policy. Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Pearl received his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University.
Dr. Pearl hosts the podcasts Fixing Healthcareand Coronavirus: The Truth and he publishes a newsletter, Monthly Musings on American Healthcare. He has published more than 100 articles in medical journals and contributed to numerous books. From 2012 to 2017, Dr. Pearl served as chairman of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), which includes the nation’s largest and best multispecialty medical groups, and participated in the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT in Washington, D.C. Connect with Dr. Robert Pearl on Twitter @RobertPearlMD, LinkedIn, and at his website robertpearlmd.com.
Your health and the health of your community is affected by many factors.
We know that health care is essential for all, but it is only one health determinant. There is a broad range of social, economic, racial, and environmental factors that can support or hinder healthy outcomes.
How do we get to greater health equity? Join us for this important conversation.
“The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.–“World Health Organization”
Dr. Dayna Long is the Medical Director at the Center for Community Health and Engagement at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she is also an Attending Physician. Her career has been dedicated to addressing health inequities that affect families and young children. In addition to her role as pediatrician, she also serves as a steering committee member of First Five-Alameda County/Help Me Grow, Medical Director at the Center for Community Health and Engagement, Co-founder and Medical Director of the Family Information and Navigation Desk, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Spokeswoman for the Too Small to Fail: Talk, Read, Sing Initiative….and much more. You can find out more about her at http://www.childrenshospitaloakland.org/main/find-a-doctor/long-dayna-a-md-473.aspx
Anna Gruver, LCSW, is the Maternal, Paternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MPCAH) Coordinator and Health Care Services Administrator at Alameda County’s Public Health Department. She is a bi-lingual, bi-cultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the field of social work focusing on children and families for more than 20 years. As the MPCAH Coordinator and Alameda County Healthy Start Initiative Project Director she leads the integration of maternal child/early childhood family support services for pregnant women and families with young children; looking closely at social determinants of health and the strength of families.
MPCAH enhances access to comprehensive, quality health care and focuses on early intervention and prevention services. The goal is to reduce health disparities, protect and improve health outcomes among Alameda County families, including pregnant women, parenting women and men, and their children.