Day: January 13, 2022

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The connection between credentialing and physician mental health: a call to action

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the mental health of the healthcare workforce is widely reported as worsening. Despite increased attention, barriers to seeking mental health care remain high. Physicians, for example, are often required to divulge details about their mental health history on medical license applications ostensibly in service of patient safety. While there is no published evidence that these questions improve patient safety, there is ample evidence that asking such questions on medical license applications can deter physicians from seeking care due to risks to their privacy, reputation and employment.

As a result, the Federation of State Medical Boards, a national organization that advises state medical boards, developed detailed recommendations regarding how medical boards should and should not ask questions about mental health on medical licensing applications. Despite widespread agreement with these recommendations, few states and territories have meaningfully adopted them. Further, unlike state medical boards—which receive guidance

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New research sheds light on COVID-19 vaccine inequities in California

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As the pandemic stretches into its third year, people around the globe have benefitted from cutting-edge vaccines that have prevented infection with COVID-19 or mitigated its impact. Yet, vaccine access has not been distributed evenly across populations. In the United States, data show significant disparities in vaccine adoption among more vulnerable populations.

A new study from researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC highlights these disparities here in California, showcasing where they occur and indicating how the numbers are likely to change as the pandemic continues to unfold. The research also points to improved vaccine access and targeted community outreach as potential gamechangers in reducing health inequities in vulnerable communities.

Published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, the study confirms that vaccination velocity—the rate of change in COVID-19 vaccination coverage—was lower in high vulnerability California counties compared to moderate and low

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