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Anita Cattrell

For years, health care providers have struggled with the reality that they can do little within their roles to directly address the social factors often at the root of their patients’ health issues. They discharge a homeless patient back onto the winter streets, while fearing he may soon be wheeled into the ED with frostbite. They encourage a working mother with diabetes to eat healthier meals, while recognizing that her income level and limited local grocery options make that near impossible. They request multiple follow-up visits to adjust blood pressure medications, all the while knowing that the patient doesn’t own a car and isn’t near a bus line.


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