June 17, 2024

Tell Us Your Story

Are you a clinician whose practice is focused on an underserved community? If so, we invite you to tell us your story. Tells us why you choose to practice with the underserved and what it means to you. Send an email to acu@clinicians.org with your name and contact information.

Tina Castanares’ Career in Migrant Health

Dr. Tina Castanares has worked tirelessly to serve the migrant community, and particularly farm workers, in Oregon for more than 40 years. In this interview, Dr. Castanares discussed the challenges facing clinicians working for migrants, as well as what she feels needs to be done by policy makers and clinicians to enhance the quality of care migrants are receiving. She also went on to discuss the importance of end-of-life care, and how trans-disciplinary care is making a difference in the … [Read more...]

Clinicians Can Affect Change on Gun Violence

Dr. Ricky Choi says that hearing and being a part of his patients’ powerful stores has moved him to speak out gun violence. In this interview he reflects on the power of storytelling and how he uses social media, particularly Twitter and blogs, to be heard. “Clinicians under recognize the amount of influence and power that they have,” said Choi, “whether it be on the individual patient level or engaging city councilman, local legislators, state and even at the national level; we have the … [Read more...]

Rick McKinney, MD, Practices Integrative Medicine for the Underserved

In this interview, Richard (Rick) McKinney, MD, describes integrative medicine and an online community for those interested in bringing Integrative Medicine to the underserved. Known by its acronym IM4US,  you can visited them online at im4us.org. McKinney is a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF and serves as the Medical Director of the Integrative Health Office at San Francisco General Hospital, the county safety net facility. … [Read more...]

Giselle Perry

As a licensed professional counselor, Giselle Perry balances her time between private practice and the Loudoun Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Northern Virginia that provides primary care to people with limited or no health insurance.  Giselle describes her satisfaction in working with the underserved and helping a particular patient overcome one of her greatest fears.[display_podcast]   … [Read more...]

Jessica Wallace, PA, Says We Can! Tackle Obesity

As a Physician Assistant at Upper Cardozo Clinic in Washington, DC, Jessica Wallace serves a largely immigrant population that is mostly uninsured and culturally isolated. Her patients are disproportionately affected by diabetes, hypertension, obesity  and other chronic conditions. So Jessica and her team have implemented an innovative program called We  Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) to engage their clients in achieving better health for themselves and their … [Read more...]

Michelle Lamb, Pharm.D., CDE, BCACP

Clinical pharmacist Michelle Lamb, Pharm.D., CDE, BCACP, takes pride in being part of a transdisciplinary health care team. She combines high tech (health IT is an important tool in enhancing patient care) with and high touch, delivering information tailored to the patient’s culture and literacy level. … [Read more...]

Nereida Savoy

  Nurse practitioner Nereida Savoy arrived in the U.S. from Cuba as a little girl and political refuge. This experience helped shape her desire to work with other minority and disadvantaged groups. Here she shares her experience working on a Navajo reservation. … [Read more...]

Denise White-Perkins, MD

Denise White-Perkins, M.D., is a family physician at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI and Director of the Institute on Multicultural Health. She reflects on her decision to practice with the underserved and on training the next generation of clinicians to recognize the social and cultural influences on health. … [Read more...]

Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson, RN, Director of Health Information Systems at Arlington Free Clinic, in Arlington, VA, works in a “mini United Nations.” She discusses the impact of health care reform and electronic health records on the clinic and its patients. … [Read more...]

Vania Maldonado

Vania Maldonado, a patient care coordinator at the Loudoun County Community Health Center in Leesburg, Virginia, shares a secret to her success: for her, the patients are like family. … [Read more...]