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The COVID-19 pandemic illuminated health inequities perpetuated by our nation’s history of systemic racism as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx and indigenous populations remain disproportionately at higher risk for infection, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. These health care disparities among minoritized communities did not arise overnight but are the result of historic social, economic and political disenfranchisement.
As 2020 ends, we reflect on what we’ve learned about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and look ahead to build upon those lessons.
As religious and cultural holidays approach, providers can be mindful to offer spiritual and compassionate care to patients. This type of care focuses on a patient's spiritual wellbeing by connecting them to spiritual traditions, rituals and practices as they experience a health crisis. To provide insight into this topic of spiritual care, three IU Health Chaplains, Reverend Donald Stikeleather, Rabbi Justin Kerber and Reverend Anastasia Holman, offer advice for health care providers to help their patients feel spiritually connected and supported this holiday season, especially amid rising COVID-19 hospitalizations.
In a year defined by unprecedented challenges, the faculty, staff and learners at Indiana University School of Medicine near the close of 2020 with much to celebrate. During the Fall 2020 All School Meeting on October 29, faculty, staff and learners joined together over Zoom to hear important updates from Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and the executive associate deans and to celebrate faculty award winners.
Tissue nanotransfection, or TNT technology, is known for its ability to reprogram tissue within the body. Previous studies have used this technology to grow blood vessels and nerve cells in the skin. For these studies, no stem cell injection is needed, and the procedure is completed in minutes. TNT technology does not require elaborate laboratory facilities and can be performed at the point of care in a field setting. A specialized silicon-based chip and genetic cargo can also be delivered depending on the need. Taken together, these often weigh less than 5 grams and gene transfer is achieved using a standard power supply.
Areeba Jawed, is an IU trained nephrologist and palliative care physician currently working as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. She has also completed a fellowship in clinical ethics through the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics at IU Health. At the height of the pandemic, when the ICU’s were full of terribly sick and dying people, she found herself questioning, as were so many other around the world, how to communicate with family members of critically ill patients who would not be allowed to visit loved ones. We are honored to publish this lovely reflection Dr. Jawed wrote about practicing palliative medicine during a pandemic.