Author: Matthew Nelson, DO, MPH, MA

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center

Physician anthropologist with interest in public health, underserved medicine, social medicine, and Navajo health.

Partnerships for Health: Leveraging and Centralizing Access to Community Health Centers

Health and wellness are more than a simple product of access and initiative, as such a simplified formula is only enjoyed by a very small minority. The equation becomes more complicated as new factors enter, such as unemployment or housing insecurity. Despite their importance as determinants of health, such elements are seldom addressed in the medical interaction between patient and physician, and are thus discarded in the interest of a perceived efficiency.