According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Medical Association (AMA), “85% of primary care physicians and pediatricians say their patients have health concerns caused by unmet social needs” — but only 20% of physicians feel equipped to address those needs:
“This should not be a big surprise. … Primary care physicians aren’t trained to address these issues,” said Jane Lowe, PhD, a senior program officer at the foundation.
Here at The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF), we’re working to change that. Fellow by Fellow, partnership by partnership, we’re developing a health professional workforce that is dedicated to (and skilled in) understanding and addressing the social determinants of health — not just clinical health issues.
We’re starting off 2012 with a new one-pager about our U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program. Click here to download it and learn about the ways we’re working toward a world where the social determinants of health are both understood and mitigated by health professionals.