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Podcast Episode: Rural health disparities, and a checklist of solutions for addressing social determinants of health. Featuring Dr. Claire Pomeroy.
Dr. Claire Pomeroy continues her discussion with Dr. Bonnie Simpson Mason, considering how extensive rural poverty underpins rural health disparities, and how these are being made worse by hospital closures. In designing and implementing policies, Dr. Pomeroy has a checklist of solutions that are implementable now, including the use of a social vulnerability index, screening for and integrating SDOH data into electronic medical records, linking to community resource directories, social assistance and reimbursement in payment models, and workforce diversity in the people providing healthcare. She also champions the idea of a Ryan White Act for conditions like diabetes. With Bonnie Simpson Mason.