Mercedes Avila, the Vermont SBIRT Health Disparities trainer and Work group chair was recently featured in a post on the UVM blog “Brain Waves“.
The post begins,
“What is the relationship between individual lifestyle factors and health inequalities and inequities?
“If you ask health care providers, you’ll find a wide range of answers. But if you consider who is answering the question – and where they are coming from – you’ll understand the divergent viewpoints.
“This is what I teach my students: We can’t judge based on our position in society. That is biased. We need to care for patients without using our value system because that might not be the same from those we serve,” says Maria Mercedes Avila, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics in the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She teaches “Racism and Health Disparities in the U.S.” as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and she has trained over 1,000 mental health clinicians, nurses, doctors and other providers in Vermont as part of grant-funded initiatives.”
Find the full post HERE.