At the Rodham Institute, we work to alleviate health disparities in Washington, DC through a multipronged approach utilizing our position as a part of an academic medical center—George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. This podcast series examines issues of health disparities from several perspectives, bringing in the voices of doctors, academic researchers, and patients themselves. Produced and voiced by Diana Hla, a junior at Johns Hopkins University, and David Hla, a junior at St. Albans School with resources from Johns Hopkins Digital Media Center.
Art and medicine initially do not seem to intersect significantly, but integrating the arts into medical education and treatments can improve health outcomes. By increasing the effectiveness of preventative wellness education and improving mental health, both major issues in health disparities, art can be incredibly helpful as we work towards health equity.
In this episode, we talk about the harm of economic instability on healthcare. DC’s income inequality—which tops any state—leads to health inequities between the rich and the poor. Lower levels of income stability can lead to stress-related illnesses as well as environmental health issues. Also, it creates barriers on the path to effective healthcare.
In this episode, we discuss the issue of food deserts and obesity in Washington DC. Food deserts are areas with few grocery stores. They pose a danger to the health of the residents in the areas, as lack of access to healthy food can lead to obesity and other health problems.