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TRANSFORM: HEALTH EQUITY FOR PEOPLE MARGINALIZED BY TODAY’S HEALTH SYSTEMS…

Healthline is a very well known health site that covers absolutely everything you need to know about medical affairs and health. Their Medical Network is composed of healthcare professionals from research institutions, professional organizations, and private practice with varied and extensive expertise in their respective fields. Network Members bring experience from across the spectrum of medical specialities, as well as their perspective from years of clinical practice, research, and patient advocacy to ensure Healthline’s readers receive the highest quality health information.

The collective experience from the medical professionals who develop Healthline’s content, products, and services can be seen in the medical review of their articles, advisory insights provided on research initiatives, and via the proactive surveillance of the evidence landscape, which ensures that their medical content is at the forefront of healthcare.

I am always learning and writing on subjects Healthline has covered and I found their website to be a mind of information for my blog so when they approached me to tell you about their new campaign I could not wait to share it with my readers.

TRANSFORM: Health Equity is a project from Healthline that advocates for people marginalized by today’s health systems. One of the aspects of health equity they are focusing on is a conscious language with our Conscious Language Guide. They created this guide to be a useful tool to educate allies and potential allies on how we all can do better, recognize the current state of how we communicate and make a change today. This tool focuses on health topics such as autism, disability, sex/gender, mental health, racism, and more.

In order to create this guide, their team performed extensive research in the community. The team prioritized topics facing high stigma or marginalization and completed research through data, studies, and community interviews. They then co-created the guide with community members reviewing it along the way and implementing all the language changes in their current and future content. 

Now that they have implemented conscious language in Healthline’s content, their next step is to share their guide with allies and potential allies. For that reason, they thought my readers might like to read about it.

A message from Healthline quotes “By amplifying marginalized voices and creating educational content and tools for deep learning and community engagement, TRANSFORM: Health Equity strives to advocate for those whom today’s health system marginalizes. We are committed to taking actions that create a world where all people can achieve equal health.”

TRANSFORM will spark change through education and conversation, explore personal stories, live events and innovative new tools for inspiring education, advocacy and action — today. And will explore personal stories, live events and innovative new tools for inspiring education.

Not everyone receives the quality of care they deserve due to a variety of reasons, including socioeconomic, geographical, and cultural factors. Words matter. It’s important to strive for inclusive language to give everyone a chance to represent themselves authentically — in their health journey, and society.

The website TRANSFORM has a conscious language guide, a link for you to volunteer, and personal stories. Topics like Race and Medicine: How to Find Medical Care When You’re Black and Raising awareness of mental well-being in marginalized communities. There is also a video series you can watch – Meet trailblazers who have stepped into their calling by helping others, building community, and challenging systemic inequities.

For more details head over to the Healthline TRANSFORM website.

Source: Healthline TRANSFORM

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MINDBODY MEDICINE – LIVING PROOF STORIES OF HOPE…

My Osteopath send me this brilliant video link on Mindbody Medicine – Living Proof Stories of Hope which has been put together by some patients to help to better educate the general public but in particular the medical profession about how these conditions often need a different approach.

He was sure that I would find it interesting.

I found it quite mind blowing and I just wished I had shared it during Pain Awareness Month in September. Check out Mindbody Medicine- Living Proof Stories of Hope after you have read some information about it below.

The introduction is from Charli, a 24-year-old biochemistry student from London, who shares her moving story of recovery from over two years of chronic pain.  She describes the science behind the ‘mindbody’ approach to calming her nervous system, and her hopes that medical practitioners will start to bring the vital link between emotions and physical symptoms more into their practice.

It is their first in an anticipated series of short films which will profile a range of different chronic conditions and medically unexplained symptoms, primarily to help the medical profession better understand this approach to health.

Their aim is to illustrate how so often the root of these conditions actually lies in the brain, and that once this is understood and accepted by the patient, a resolution can be found through working on our emotions and thought patterns. 

Their website supports GPs and other medical professionals in the UK in their treatment of patients with persistent chronic pain or other chronic symptoms, including ‘Medically Unexplained Symptoms’ (MUS). It aims to increase medical professionals’ understanding of the role of the brain and the mind in these chronic conditions, and to introduce a range of low cost, easy-to-access, scientifically-evidenced educational and treatment resources.

The NHS UK website itself recognises that ‘medically unexplained symptoms are common, accounting for up to 45% of all GP appointments and half of all new visits to hospital clinics in the UK’. Such patients can often be a great source of frustration for GPs as the real cause is not yet widely understood and effective treatments are not taught within mainstream medicine.

The mindbody approach is easily integrated into day-to-day practice with patients, with the goal being to alleviate chronic symptoms, rather than just helping the patient manage them. Practitioners who are already incorporating this approach report that including an inquiry into possible psychosocial causes of chronic pain and MUS at the start of the diagnostic process is usually well accepted by patients as part of a “whole person” approach to their care.

They recognise that there are already a lot of high quality resources out there for individual patients to learn from, particularly in relation to pain-based conditions, and see no point in reinventing the wheel. It is our hope that by helping to educate and inform the health practitioners who are seeing these patients on a daily basis we will over time leverage a broader impact. Their long-term aim is to reduce the number of NHS patient visits relating to chronic pain and MUS in the UK, in turn freeing up time for our medical professionals to focus on those with acute needs.

The information in this website has been checked for accuracy by their medical advisory teamcomprised of health professionals operating in the UK and in the US.  

I will write further about the mindbody experience in another post as I think you need to see the video first to understand the technique.

Source: Mind Body Medicine