We cannot ask health care providers to address all the factors that make people sick, nor is there a fix to every source of stress. But we can recognize the broader impact of illness on a person's life and the outside factors that interfere with their medical care and recovery.
Veronica's story illustrates how clinicians can effectively address the social determinants of health by using tools that assess a patient's community and environmental circumstances, as well as by including non-medical providers as part of a health care team.
I've seen prevention evolve from a fringe notion to an idea championed by communities across the country. This latest report from the CDC shows how far we still have to go -- and suggests some strategies for how we might get there.
We're probably aware of genetic traits and social habits -- desirable and undesirable -- that we've inherited from our parents. And we probably agree that racism is often taught by parents and learned by children. But how does health risk from racism pass down generations?