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Jess Guh hails from a home just outside of Philadelphia where two Taiwanese immigrants were delightfully surprised to have raised a queer, outspoken radical. She attended Stanford University where she officially majored in film and unofficially majored in activism, Ultimate Frisbee, co-op living, and consensus decision making. Deciding that medicine could be the perfect union of her nerdy self and her passion for community well being, she went to medical school at the University of Michigan. She moved to Seattle for her residency in Family Medicine and has been living there ever since. Currently she works as a primary care physician at a community health center dedicated to serving people that the American healthcare system has traditionally ignored. Spurred by the egregious health inequities that she witnesses on a daily basis, as well as her own experiences as a minority in the medical profession, she has found her voice through writing. She is part of the ThisCantBeHappening! collective, the independent, uncompromised, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative news site. She also writes at her personal blog She has also presented nationally about the impacts of race and implicit bias on medical outcomes and consults on strategies to diversify the medical workforce.

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 19, 2017
Neurology Study Reveals What We Already Know: People of Color Get Worse Healthcare Yet another article shows that racial health inequity exists. This time, in neurologic diseases such as stroke. What's disappointing is that we continue to use resources to describe a problem we already know exists instead of trying to fix it.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 12, 2017
TrumpCare is an Entitlement Program for the Rich and Powerful Trump continues the rich man's rampage to maintain power with a healthcare plan that benefits the rick and punishes the poor.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Three clear ways the Affordable Care Act has made healthcare better In an often theoretical and philosophical debate about politics, the repeal of Affordable Care Act is politics playing with the wellbeing of Americans. There are concrete ways that the ACA has improved healthcare in the United States: pay-for-performance, birth control coverage, and increasing healthcare access.
Protectors at Standing Rock, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 4, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline Prophecy for Worse to Come: Treaty Rights as Grim Lesson While many have framed the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline as an issue of treaty rights and environmental conservation, it represents a great threat to the rights of all Americans.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 7, 2016
Pour One Out for Jan: Author of the World's Best Abortion Legislation Passes Away Jan Bianchi, co-author of Washington State abortion legislation dies at 72. Initiative 120 that was passed in 1991 is one of the most liberal in the world.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Seattle's 'Liberals' Get Chance to Finally Start Addressing Police Brutality With the petitioning of I-873 and the change in leadership in the Office of Professional Accountability, the direction of Seattle and Washington, one of the countries most regressive states when it comes to police brutality, is unclear.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen's Mental Health Likely to Overshadow Gun Control Discussing the role of mental health in the Orlando shooting will only distract from the real issue: access to guns.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 4, 2016
FDA Change to the "Abortion Pill" Overrated The FDA label to change to mifepristone has been hailed as a significant win for the Pro-Choice movement and the health of women in the USA. While it's promising, it's only a band-aid to a bigger problem.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 7, 2016
Understanding the Texas Abortion Laws and Their Dangerous Implications for All of Medicine The Texas House Bill No. 2 impinges not only on women's rights but its far reach threatens quality healthcare for all. No other legislation dictates in such detail how medications can be used. All of the arguments in support of HB2 are medically flawed.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Peter Liang Highlights the Asian American Identity Crisis The Peter Liang conviction reminds Asian Americans that there's racism against Asian Americans, but that doesn't mean we should be supporting a murderer. The Model-Minority Myth has lulled Asian Americans with privilege into a blinded stupor of security that's false.
Lab results from Abu-Jamal's medical record, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 25, 2016
Even with treatment for Hepatitis C, Abu-Jamal's health not guaranteed Abu-Jamal's fight for adequate healthcare does not end with Hepatitis C treatment. His basic primary care is at malpractice qualities and illustrates the desperately poor quality of care received by inmates across the country. Pay-for-performance interventions needed to see any improvements.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Abu-Jamal faces possible second death sentence Abu-Jamal is fighting for his right to Hepatitis C treatment. If he is denied, it will be akin to a second death sentence. Incarcerated people around the country face inadequate treatment of Hepatitis C.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Racism Alive and Well in New Medical Guidelines The new blood pressure treatment guidelines illustrate the racism that continues to exist in medicine. While it is largely unintentional, it has significant negative impacts on the health of people of color.