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Introduction to Patient-Centered Clinical Care for African Americans

Episode 1: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME

In this session, Dr. Gregory Hall will provide a foundation of information including current statistics and demographics of African Americans’ health. He will review trust and bias issues as well as their origins in the history of healthcare of African Americans. Finally, he will provide some examples of important differences in the clinical care of African Americans as he sets the stage for more detailed discussion in future sessions of this monthly webcast. Dr. Hall is a Primary Care Physician and an expert in Black American Health and Healthcare. He is the former chair of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, Director of the National Center for African American Health, Research, Education and Policy at Cleveland State University, and Author of “Patient-Centered Clinical Care for African Americans: A Concise, Evidence-Based Guide to Important Differences and Better Outcomes”. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording on 07/14/2021 and they are subject to change as new information is published.


1 CME CREDIT

While outpatient ethics training is relatively scant, many primary care clinicians encounter challenging situations in clinic that raise ethical considerations—and the pandemic has brought several important ethical questions and dilemmas to the forefront. This case-based discussion will review strategies for managing these moral dilemmas in the age of COVID-19.


1 CME CREDIT

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.


0.5 CME CREDIT

Join Dr. Charles Vega and Ashton Hyde, Esq. as they reveal the most common reasons for malpractice suits in primary care and discuss what you can do in daily practice to protect your patients from medical errors and yourselves from lawsuits. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 7/21/2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.


1 CME CREDIT

Join Dr. Charles Vega and Ashton Hyde, Esq. for part 2 of their series on malpractice suits and medical errors in primary care. Real life patient cases provide a practical and engaging format in which to discuss what to do—and not do—in daily practice to protect your patients from medical errors and yourselves from lawsuits.


1 CME CREDIT

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.


1 CME CREDIT

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.


0.5 CME CREDIT

This session examines health disparities in the U.S. and exposes unconscious bias that affects every aspect of daily life—including the practice of medicine. Tune in as Dr. Chuck Vega provides insights that can combat bias and guide primary care providers as we strive towards an inclusive environment that encourages connection and fosters belonging, respect, and value for all.


0.25 CME CREDIT

In this podcast, Dr. Shirah Vollmer will discuss how the unique situation that COVID-19 puts families in can increase the risk for child abuse and neglect. Without the resources of school and the increased economic pressures families face, there can be an increase in family dysfunction. She will outline ways that clinicians can be sensitive to the special needs of a child who may be struggling during this time and how to monitor for anxiety disorders in pediatric patients. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording on 05/11/2020 and they are subject to change as new information is published.


0.75 CME CREDIT

Clinicians confront ongoing and increasingly complex challenges around delivering immunization in their practice. Vaccine hesitancy among patients, conflicting "messaging" about the need, efficacy, and appropriate scheduling of certain vaccines in the lay and medical press as well as issues related to financing of vaccination efforts in the office setting and ongoing changes in official vaccine recommendations all contribute to this challenge. The speaker will discuss contemporary issues related to addressing vaccine delivery including 1) understanding the science of vaccines and vaccine safety and effectiveness, 2) reviewing the latest vaccine recommendations, and 3) learning simple, yet effective and time-efficient strategies to overcome vaccine hesitancy in the office.


1 CME CREDIT

This talk will focus on safety, toxicity, and the available evidence about efficacy of various cannabinoids for medical illnesses and symptom management. It will also briefly review some of the public policy considerations related to how marijuana is scheduled by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.


1.25 CME CREDITS

Attendees will be presented common cases of ethical/legal dilemmas that primary care providers may face in the care of adolescent patients. They will be able to evaluate abilities of adolescent patients to consent or refuse treatments and determine appropriate strategies for approaching confidentiality issues.