Healthcare for the Poor

Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Churches, and Charities

Peter Greer and Chris Horst “Keeping an eternal perspective is essential in our work. Mission Drift gives a clear message inspiring and challenging us to intentionally keep Christ at the center of all efforts. As Paul commands us, ‘Whatever you do, whether in  word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord […]

Following the Call: How Providers Make Sense of Their Decisions to Work in Faith-Based and Secular Urban Community Health Centers

We interviewed 49 health care providers from 6 faith-based and 4 secular community health centers (CHCs) to explore the ways they relate their religious commitments to practice among the underserved… Most providers from secular CHCs explained their motivations in less religious terms by reference to intrinsic rewards such as “making a difference” for the underserved. […]

The Cost Conundrum

Atul Gawande A ground-breaking exposé of the variations in health care costs between different regions of the U.S. illustrates the systemic forces that are driving American health care. From Ed. Read on the New Yorker website.

The Top 5 Lists in Primary Care

The Good Stewardship Working Group In pursuit of better stewardship of scarce medical resources, this piece review recommendations by expert panels and research base for changing prevailing practice patterns in five specific areas of primary care, like imaging for low back pain and using antibiotics for sinusitis. A big part of the learning curve in […]

Principles of Conservative Prescribing

Gordon D. Schiff et al. This short piece highlights common-sense, evidence-supported principles that go against the grain of a medicalized, over-technical approach to healing. Useful for all patient populations, but especially among the poor. From Ed. Read on the JAMA website.

Upholding the Vision: Serving the Poor in Training and Beyond

The Hebrew prophets described the flourishing that God intends for creation as shalom, which we could today translate as health in the deepest and most holistic sense.  And nowhere is the lack of shalom more evident today than some of the most broken and economically-deprived places.  We would do well to work toward to health […]

Don’t Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees

Thomas Hale writes about being a missionary surgeon in the same delightful way James Herriot writes about being a country veterinarian. Dr. Hale’s incredible experience in tiny, mountainous Nepal are surpassed only by his talent for telling about them. Imagine, for example, the culture shock of moving to a Hindu country under such rigid religious […]