3 strategies that are improving Black obstetric outcomes

Originally published on Modern Healthcare. Amid worsening health outcomes for Black obstetric patients, some hospitals are improving maternal care by offering midwifery support, remote monitoring of patients' vitals and educational resources. Compared with white patients, Black obstetric patients are at disproportionate risk of life-threatening conditions, like preeclampsia and postpartum hemorrhage, as well as pregnancy-related complications like preterm [...]

2024-02-29T18:10:50+00:00February 29th, 2024|Categories: Featured, Media Coverage of AHS|Tags: , , |

A place to connect and heal for mothers and birthing people

Alameda Health System’s (AHS) Growing, Glowing and Afterglow Project (GGAP) supports pregnant and post-partum mothers and birthing people with anxiety and depression and helps increase social support. The virtual six-week program is facilitated by a therapist and a community health outreach worker provides group therapy and case management for English and Spanish-speaking AHS patients. “Pregnancy [...]

2024-02-22T21:13:20+00:00February 22nd, 2024|Categories: CEO Chronicles, Featured|

This historic political leader was also a pharmacist at Highland Hospital

The AHS Index is a new way to look at data that illuminates a snapshot of our world today. It is intended to highlight health inequities and spark conversation, debate, outrage, and wonder. Year that Dr. Fitzroy E. Younge, an obstetrician, became the first Black physician to obtain full hospital privileges in the [...]

2024-03-02T01:11:25+00:00February 22nd, 2024|Categories: AHS Index, AHS Newsletter, Featured, Latest Stories From AHS|Tags: , |

Why is skin disease often misdiagnosed and untreated in Black patients?

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 21, 2024 – Skin disease in people of color is under-diagnosed, often goes untreated and is more deadly, according to the latest research. For most of history, medical students studying dermatology have been shown pictures of diseases on white skin only, leading to vast inequities in how Black and brown people are [...]

2024-02-22T00:57:17+00:00February 22nd, 2024|Categories: AHS Press Releases|

From the lab to the ultramarathon trail

At Alameda Health System (AHS), where challenges are as diverse as the patients we serve, there lies a remarkable story of perseverance, resilience, and community spirit. Dr. Harris Goodman, a pathologist at AHS, not only excels in unraveling medical mysteries but also conquers the extraordinary world of ultramarathon running. His journey, marked by 23 completed [...]

2024-02-20T23:46:47+00:00February 20th, 2024|Categories: CEO Chronicles, Featured|

Returning your ballot? Here’s how.

The 2024 California primary election is on Tuesday, March 5.  Every California voter receives a vote-by-mail ballot beginning in early February. In addition to going to the polls on Election day you can return your ballot by mail or by dropping it off at a ballot drop box. Secure ballot boxes are available at the [...]

2024-02-20T16:23:49+00:00February 20th, 2024|Categories: CEO Chronicles, Featured|

Honoring the Contributions of Women Physicians at AHS

In recognition of National Women Physicians Day, celebrated on February 3, 2024, Alameda Health System (AHS) honors women physician trailblazers including our first permanent female chief medical officer (CMO), Felicia Tornabene, MD, and her executive leadership team, Porshia Mack, MD, and associate chief medical officer, ambulatory services and Andrea Wu, MD, and associate chief medical [...]

2024-02-20T15:49:41+00:00February 20th, 2024|Categories: CEO Chronicles, Featured|

Advice from an HIV-positive African American Patient

It’s unimaginable that receiving an HIV diagnosis could be something to be grateful for but Alameda Health System (AHS) patient John (name changed to protect patient privacy) believes it not only saved his life, it gave him the wake-up call he needed to start making better and healthier lifestyle choices. “I was 28 years old [...]

2024-02-20T15:44:13+00:00February 20th, 2024|Categories: CEO Chronicles, Featured, Patient Stories|

Why is skin disease often misdiagnosed and untreated in Black patients?

Alameda Health System Dermatology Chief Dr. Leon Clark on tackling health disparities, rebuilding patient trust, and caring for black and brown skin Dr. Leon Clark was perplexed when a patient walked into his dermatology clinic with large blisters on his skin. It wasn’t the diagnosis that stumped him – he immediately identified the rash as [...]