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Obesity & Diabetes: Patient-Centered Clinical Care of African Americans

Episode 3: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME

1. Review obesity and diabetes trends and health disparities in the US 2. Review body image and perception differences by race/ethnicity 3. Describe best practices in the treatment of diabetes in African Americans 4. Examine the difference in HbA1c interpretations in African Americans and related clinical considerations


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Understanding and Improving Vaccine Hesitancy in African American Patients

Episode 7: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME

This session will provide an overview of the health disparities related to the acceptance of vaccines among racial and ethnic groups in the US. We will discuss the historical basis for some of the apprehensions that exist in the African American community. We will look at conspiracy theories that are circulated regarding vaccines and discuss ways to reassure patients about the safety and any real risks. Finally, we will discuss best practices related to COVID-19 vaccine discussions with patients who are hesitant to accept.


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Learn the impact of health disparities in communities of color. This presentation highlights the factors that contribute to health inequalities for Black, Hispanic and Native American communities. This includes a discussion of how social determinants of health has specifically impacted COVID-19. We will review racism as a social determinant of health and discuss how a historical perspective can provide further context into health disparities of communities of color. Implicit bias has been shown to play a role in health disparities. We will discuss strategies to help overcome implicit bias including perspective taking, cultural humility, and workforce diversity. Lastly, we’ll discuss how wellness can help achieve health equity.


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Physician-Patient Communication and Bias Perspectives

Episode 10: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME

Most healthcare professionals understandably don’t view themselves as biased, especially when it comes to practicing medicine, but recent data show that physician bias still permeates the healthcare profession and leads to suboptimal communication and poorer outcomes. And did you know that bias goes both ways? Patient bias towards physicians and the healthcare industry can play an important role as well. Dr. Hall attacks these biases head-on and offers best practices to improve overall communication with your patients.


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Advanced Directives & End-of-Life Issues for African Americans

Episode 12: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME

Literature consistently shows lower engagement in advance-care-planning among ethnic and racial minority groups when compared to Whites. A recent study with a nationally representative sample reported that only 18% of ethnic minority participants completed advance directives compared to 34% of White respondents. Studies in hospital settings also found lower rates of discussion about advance-care-planning with a physician during the hospitalization among racial/ethnic minority patients when compared to Whites. Given that engagement in advance-care-planning and end-of-life discussions positively influences the quality of life near its end, a lower engagement in these meaningful discussions among ethnic minorities can lead to inadequate care at the last stage of life, exacerbating earlier health disparities. There are also significant differences in the treatment of pain in African Americans, as well as the perception of pain, and potential for abuse.


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What do primary care providers need to know about managing pre/post bariatric surgery, health disparities, and HCV? Join obesity medicine physician scientist Fatima Cody Stanford, primary care physician Gregory Hall, and gastroenterologist Sammy Saab, as they review important questions, they get asked about these topics!


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Connecting With Stories—Improving Patient Adherence and Compliance

Episode 11: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME

As every healthcare professional knows, the best drug is the one the patient will take. So, how do you improve your patient’s compliance and adherence to a treatment regimen? As Dr. Hall will discuss, the key to success is understanding your patient’s “world-view” and how they think about medicine and why many may prefer alternative medicine. He’ll share with you his secret sauce for engaging and motivating patients: clinical storytelling. He’ll even share the five ingredients that make that story convincing and behavior changing.


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This session will use four case presentations as a guide to review cancer and chronic disease differences and prevalence by race/ethnicity. Specific differences in diseases seen in Asian Americans and African Americans will be highlighted. Tobacco use and trends in different populations will also be emphasized.


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In this session, Dr. Hall will discuss his recent experience as a patient with COVID-19, which led to his admission to the ICU. Following this discussion, Dr. Hall will provide an overview of the health disparities related to kidney and gastrointestinal diseases in African Americans. Next, he will review the significantly increased incidence of renal disease and discuss some of the causes, including a genetic link. Infectious hepatitis demographics and other gastrointestinal disease differences will also be reviewed. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording on 1/19/2021 and they are subject to change as new information is published.


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Pulmonary Disease and Sleep-Related Issues: Patient-Centered Clinical Care of African Americans

Episode 9: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME

Pulmonary diseases and sleep issues are yet two more areas of health inequity in the United States, with African Americans again shouldering much of the burden. See recent data that shed light on how health disparities in obstructive sleep apnea and poor sleep patterns in general have developed—the reasons may surprise you!—and how these conditions, if untreated, can lead to poor overall health and quality of life in this community.


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The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionally impacted the African American community. How can you help care for your patients during these stressful times? This session will provide an overview of the health disparities related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the stress that many patients are feeling. We will look at the demographics of mental illnesses across race/ethnicities as well as look at perspectives on the differences noted. Lastly, we will discuss approaches to pain management difficulties in patients based on recent research outcomes.


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You may be aware of dietary differences in the African American community, but you may not know the full story. Historical, cultural, and socioeconomic factors play a significant role in the food choices African Americans often make. Before you tell your next African American patient to “eat better,” you need to watch this presentation to understand the research-based differences in the African American diet and how it has evolved. You will also see the evidence behind the harmful effects of the staple African American diet and, most importantly, walk away with strategies you can use tomorrow to effect change in this patient population.