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?

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 [...]

Does it seem like everyone got sick this holiday season? Here are the stats

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. Percent of U.S. adults surveyed who intended to take part in dry January in 2023: 41% Who managed to abstain [...]

2024-01-18T19:47:21+00:00January 18th, 2024|Categories: AHS Newsletter, Featured, Latest Stories From AHS|

Black Maternal Health is a Family Legacy

Beloved Birth Black Centering's unique, Black-centered approach to eliminating racism-based disparities in Black birth experiences was novel when it began in 2020. The program, which is delivered by Alameda Health System (AHS), the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), and the Beloved Birth Collective, provides group perinatal care by, for, and with Black people — [...]

Snakes and Turtles and Skinks, Oh My

Patients at John George Psychiatric Hospital (JGPH) recently received some unusual visitors from the Oakland Zoo: a gopher snake, a blue-tongued skink and an eastern box turtle. The visit was coordinated by JGPH activity therapists, who try to provide some sense of normalcy to patients recovering from severe mental health crises. “Just because people come [...]

The Power of Patient-Centered Care

Jody Reshaw had a successful career working in corporate kitchens and catering when she found herself struggling to walk or stand without debilitating pain in her legs and feet. Forced to put her culinary passion on hold, Reshaw found a supportive health care team at Alameda Health System (AHS) who continue to empower her on [...]

AHS Providers Say New iPads for Interpretation Are a ‘Game Changer’

A new supply of iPads equipped with video interpreter services is making it easier for patients who don't speak English to communicate with their providers at Alameda Health System (AHS). "They are a complete revolution for the Emergency Department," said Dr. Jeffrey Herrala, an emergency medicine physician at The Wilma Chan Highland Hospital Campus. Alameda [...]

AHS Index December 2023

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. Estimated percent of Alameda County residents who experienced food insecurity in 2022: 20%   Pounds of food delivered by Alameda County’s [...]

2024-02-07T21:25:15+00:00December 18th, 2023|Categories: AHS Newsletter, Featured, Latest Stories From AHS|Tags: |

Spinal Cord Stimulator Program Nothing Less Than a Miracle

In September 2022 spinal cord stimulation therapy was first approved for use at Alameda Health System (AHS) and it represents an important and innovative option in the treatment of chronic pain. For patient Elena Torres, it has freed her from being trapped by agonizing pain and dependence on opioid medications. “It’s nothing less than a [...]

Celebrating World AIDS Day 2023

Our HIV service provider teams, Adult Immunology Clinic and the ED HIV Linkage team joined our community partners at the Boathouse at Lake Merritt to honor the work do ne in the East Bay to end the HIV epidemic. Our very own Cinthya Mujica-Pinto was honored with the Empathy and Kindness Award!

2023-12-18T22:06:04+00:00December 1st, 2023|Categories: AHS Newsletter, Featured|Tags: , |