News & Events
Paul* had been a patient at Bethesda Family Medicine Clinic for a few years when he met attorney Rebecca Dodson. Homeless and struggling, Paul had mentioned during a medical appointment that he didn’t have a safe place to store his much-needed insulin to treat his diabetes. His doctor walked him down the clinic hall to Dodson’s office, where she listened to him and gave him resources on applying for public housing.
Aspirin is a hot topic in the news this month, thanks to a large international trial called ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly), which examined aspirin as a method of prevention of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression, and some cancers in more than 19,000 participants in Australia and the USA.
In the fall of 2017, St. John's faculty Anne Keenan, MD, learned that the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) had partnered with two HealthEast clinics to deliver fresh CSA shares to patients. Motivated by a personal interest in local farms, she asked if Phalen could participate. In summer 2018, HAFA began delivering bundles of fresh produce to the family medicine clinic, where staff distributed them to patients experiencing food insecurity.
In one of the brightly painted hallways in Smiley’s clinic hangs a cheerful bulletin board peppered with flyers and infographics. Cabida Shiishadu waxay faafin kartaa cudurrada, reads one of the posters: Hookah can spread diseases. Ramadan Mubarak, reads another: Have a blessed Ramadan.