Folk Cures and Alternative Treatment Are Putting Hispanic Patients At Risk29/08/2013 06:00am | 22936 views
As Hispanics continue their ascent as the largest and fastest growing minority group in the U.S., tension points between the healthcare and the Hispanic communities are growing as well, fueled by the lack of outreach from the former to the latter. One of the results of this disconnect is that many Hispanics still rely on folk remedies that are passed on within the community and families, or they get their medical information from other alternative, non-medical sources. There are many instances of these alternative sources within local Hispanic communities; one such organization based in the Los Angeles area attributes roughly 60% of its sales in the U.S. to Latinos – and it is betting its future growth on them.
How HealthyHispanicLiving.com is Redefining the Nature of Healthcare14/10/2015 10:00am | 6682 views
In this video, Dr. Joseph Alvarnas, Director of Medical Quality and Associate Director in the Division of Hematology and Hemapoietic Cell Transplantation at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, shares his thoughts and insights about HealthyHispanicLiving.com and how it is helping to change the conversation about healthcare in order to better equip the medical community to serve the demographic shift.
A Hospital Without Doors11/09/2015 12:36pm | 14065 views
If we in the healthcare industry believe that the path to
good health does not begin until someone enters the hospital, we are already
starting off at a great disadvantage. That’s a failed model of healthcare for all
involved: doctors and nurses, healthcare providers, caregivers and patients. It’s
a model that reinforces the passive patient who doesn’t question their
physician or ask for a second opinion. A model that makes patients more
comfortable turning to folk cures and alternative therapies instead of
preventive self-screening and proven treatment methods.
Self-Screening Can Change Your Life19/08/2015 03:03pm | 6505 views
afraid to look too closely at your health because you’re afraid you’ll find
something wrong? Ignorance may be bliss in some situations, but when it comes
to your health, ignorance can put you at great risk. Living in fear of getting sick
can become a self-fulfilling prophecy if you don’t take the necessary
preventative steps to protect and maintain your health – and that includes
self-screening for chronic diseases, especially when you are at greater risk
because of age, sex, ethnicity, family history, and/or genetic predisposition.
Second Opinions Should Be Second Nature21/05/2014 12:39pm | 6215 views
In my experience, it’s not uncommon
for patients to be overwhelmed by the nature of their diagnosis and the
implications of proposed therapy. Being a cancer specialist, it comes with the