Kaiser Permanente M.D. discusses health care disparities on new ‘Top Docs’

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses health care disparities – and it features Emile Pinera, M.D. who is a board-certified internal medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente, the physician lead for equity, inclusion and diversity for the Southeastern Permanente Medical Group, and a faculty member at the new Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine in Pasadena, California.

Dr. Pinera discusses…

– The social determinants of health and health care disparity
– How the social determinants of health and health outcomes are related
– The scope of the health disparity problem, and which patient populations it affects the most
– How bias within the medical profession can exacerbate health care disparities
– What his group is doing to address health care disparities
– What is being done to address patients who live in low-income households
– Why physicians need to understand the demographic make-up of the communities they serve
– His advice for physicians who want to advocate for their patients of color
– How KP’s new medical school is addressing health care disparities

Dr. Pinera is a second generation health care professional whose parents worked for KP as registered nurses in an ICU. His passion is “delivering equitable care for our diverse population helping to positively impact health care disparities.” Dr. Pinera’s approach to patient care is to “listen, understand and build trust with his diverse patients…[and to] empower them with the tools and healthy resources needed to meet and exceed their goals in the treatment and cure of hypertension, diabetes, obesity.” He is a “top performer in hypertension and diabetes management, flu vaccination rates, and cancer screenings…[and he receives] excellent patient satisfaction scores.” Dr. Pinera graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine, and he completed his internal medicine residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

Between downloads and live listeners, ‘Top Docs’ has now reached more than 1.6 million listeners and viewers – which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. MAG has won three awards for the show, including an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award, an American Society of Association Executives Silver Award, and a Health Information Resource Center Digital Health Award.

‘Top Docs’ is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO.

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Resources

KP school of medicine ‘Creating an Inclusive, Supportive Community’ website

‘Disparities in Health and Health Care: Five Key Questions and Answers’ article

Role of Social Determinants of Health

Harvard Implicit Association Test

America & Moore ‘21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge’

The views of the guests who appear on ‘Top Docs’ are theirs and are not necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at tkornegay@mag.org with questions about MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show.