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Steve Jacob

Steve is a senior marketing and public relations consultant for Baylor Scott & White Health. He spent nearly four decades in newspaper and magazine editorial and business management and is the author of two books on healthcare reform. He was also the founding editor of D Magazine's D Healthcare Daily.

How barber shops are combatting high blood pressure in South Dallas

Gerard Claiborne — also known as “Big G Da Barber” — has an ambition and a vision for barber, beauty and nail shops that extends well beyond grooming. He believes barbers and beauticians should serve as healthcare “second responders” who can perform first aid, CPR and critical health screenings for their customers. Gerard works a …

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Tackling social determinants of health outside the hospital walls

It was clear the 63-year-old Irving man at a Baylor Scott & White community clinic needed help — and that his diabetes wasn’t the only problem at hand. Clinic personnel noted that he seemed disconnected with the outside world and lacked social support. Concerned, one of the clinic’s community health workers asked if she could …

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Baylor Scott & White addresses social determinants of health through community volunteer initiative

Being born into poverty, growing up with curtailed opportunities for education and employment, living in a disadvantaged neighborhood — these factors, called social determinants of health, are like the cards you’re dealt in a game of poker. It’s hard to win if the deck is stacked against you. Social determinants of health are the economic …

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For chronic pain, opioids are not a good long-term solution

More than one in 10 American adults experienced pain every day for the past three months, according to data from the National Institutes of Health. When pain lasts three months or longer, it is considered chronic pain. The prevalence of chronic pain in the U.S. lies at the root of an ongoing epidemic of prescription …

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How Baylor Scott & White Health is combatting the growing opioid epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 44 people fatally overdose on prescription opioids daily in the U.S. That exceeds the daily number of deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes. One forecast estimates that as many as 650,000 people — nearly the combined population of the cities of Arlington and Plano — …

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Chief Medical Officer remembers the excitement of becoming a doctor

In the summer of 1982, Robert Probe drove down South 31st Street for the first time in a navy blue Ford Mustang. He was excited by the new vehicle but more so by the opportunity to come to Scott & White Memorial Hospital to complete his final two years as a Texas A&M Health Science …

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Joel Allison found his calling serving others through healthcare

Joel Allison didn’t just want a career. He wanted a calling. Born in rural Missouri, he spent part of his childhood in a small four-room house with no indoor plumbing. He woke up early to milk the cows, gather eggs and feed the pigs before school. As a youngster, he forged a work ethic and …

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Hope on the horizon for the opioid addiction

One out of five Americans say they have a family member who has been addicted to prescription painkillers and twice that number personally know someone who has been addicted. The addiction to opioids is an epidemic that plagues our nation. Access to anti-opioid medication has been an ongoing conversation. Now, a new over-the-counter treatment looks to change the …

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Practicing medicine for 50 years to achieve the American Dream

Rolando Solis, MD, a newly minted Filipino medical school graduate, boarded his very first airplane ride in Manila en route to a new life in the United States. All he had was the suit on his back, a small suitcase and $100. Dr. Solis spent two harrowing days of connecting flights and more “firsts.” He …

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