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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 www.jessguh.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, January 25, 2016(1 comments)
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.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015(1 comments)
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.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015(7 comments)
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.