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Dec 19, 2019

In this weeks podcast we talk with Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, general internist, Professor of Medicine and Epi/Biostats at UCSF, and chair of a National Academies of Sciences task force on Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care. See Kirsten's JAMA paper summary here (, and the full report here ( This podcast spans the gamut from the individual clinician's responsibility to be aware of the social needs of their patients and impacts on health (think homeless person with no place to store their insulin), and adjustment to meet these needs (such as keeping on oral medications), to larger health policy issues including the need to integrate health and social policy. This was a fun podcast, as you'll hear. This is a topic that lends itself well to discussion. Eric really pushes this issue: to what extent are meeting the our patient's needs for housing, transportation, and food a health issue? Are these issues that a doctor should care about, and why? And our rendition of "Waiting on the World to Change" was perfect in every possible way!!! Enjoy! by: Alex Smith, @AlexSmithMD GeriPal is funded by Archstone Foundation ( Archstone Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation whose mission is to prepare society in meeting the needs of an aging population