Tag: social determinants of health

Allen Betts Allen Betts (1 Posts)

Medical Student Contributor, Columnist

Indiana University School of Medicine

Allen is a fourth-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Allen plans on pursuing a career in Radiology.

Disparities in Medicine: A Medical Student's Perspective

In this column, Allen shares personal and clinical experiences with healthcare disparities and barriers to access. He reflects on personal struggles, internal conflicts, difficult and inspiring patients, as well as valuable lessons learned. Through these reflections, he has learned the power of listening, the importance of addressing underlying factors of health, and how empathizing with patients can allow us to treat them as people and not diseases. These lessons can help us better understand our patients and give them not only the care they need but the care they deserve. They have rekindled Allen’s inspiration and purpose of what it means to be a doctor, and he hopes that by sharing these experiences, they will do the same for others.




Reproductive Planning During a State of Emergency

Medical student Ritha Mera reviews responses to reproductive health care accesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mera writes as an advocate for women of color and highlights health disparities in vulnerable populations. Through drawing comparisons to past natural disasters and tracking the current pandemic’s harmful impacts on reproductive health care, Mera makes an argument for contraception and family planning to be included in emergency protocols for future disruptions.

Sarah Saad Sarah Saad (1 Posts)

Medical Student Contributing Writer

Albany Medical College

I am a member of the Class of 2020 at Albany Medical College. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY as a first generation American, the eldest of 6 kids. My interests include public and global health, youth mentoring, swimming, traveling, and cooking foods from different cuisines.