This talk will introduce a much needed conversation regarding health disparities and their direct impacts on the health outcomes of the patients we provide care for. The issue of health disparities is important both from an equity standpoint and for achieving the goal of improving overall population health. We will review information and data as it pertains to gaps in medical care that contribute to negative health outcomes and the link with social, economical, and/or environmental disadvantages. This talk will explore the following questions: What are health care disparities? Why do they exist? Why does this matter? What is being done to address these disparities? We will discuss current challenges in the efforts to change policy and priorities. We will also discuss how to apply culturally informed practices in the clinical setting when working with patients to ensure all of our patients are receiving the highest quality of care. We will discuss how to acknowledge, respect, and integrate patients' cultural beliefs, values, and perspectives. We will initially discuss understanding our own perceptions and how this can impact the care we offer and deliver. We will discuss how to look at things through a cultural lens. All of this will help us understand how best to restore safety and establish trust with patients. We will discuss resources and tools to be utilized in clinical practice. From the naturopathic medical approach, we will discuss some clinical interventions by way of more commonly seen health conditions in individuals from different ethnic groups. There will be review of nutrients and considerations when working up a clinical case. We will also discuss health disparities and their implications in light of recent events in the past year.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Jaquel Patterson is a nationally recognized naturopathic physician, success coach, best-selling author, and sought-after speaker. She owns a successful multidisciplinary medical practice in Fairfield, CT, that offers naturopathic medicine, nutrition, internal medicine, physical therapy, and acupuncture. She has over 12 years of clinical experience with a focus on autoimmune conditions, Lyme disease, allergies, anxiety/depression, and childhood developmental disorders. She is also the immediate Past President for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and serves on the board of the Connecticut Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Patterson has also worked over a decade as healthcare executive in community-based health settings leading operations, integrated care initiatives, quality improvement, and compliance. She has served on statewide taskforces regarding Person Centered Medical Home, and State Innovation Model. Dr. Jaquel is a sought-after speaker and presents at large conferences like Annual World Congress Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) Venetian. She has appeared multiple times on television, in publications, and on radio. Dr. Jaquel is also the Medical Advisor for Zycal Bioceuticals and Vermont Hemp Health. She is a contributor to Forbes Magazine and member of the Forbes Business Council and Expert Panel. In addition to her naturopathic medical degree, she has her MBA in Healthcare Management from Quinnipiac University and has her undergraduate degree from Cornell University.
*Certified by the WANP for 1 Category 1 continuing education credit for Washington NDs*
(Originally presented on October 11, 2020)