Closing the Gap in Healthcare

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The mission of Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. (CGHC, Inc.) is to decrease health disparities by This is an award-winning program.

Closing the Gap in Health Care for African Americans and the Underserved has, over the past 15 years has been providing health literacy information to African Americans and the underserved population.

06/15/2024
06/14/2024

If you are passing through the Charleston International Airport and observe the keich, you might catch a glimpse of me promoting closing the gap in healthcare with our "Did you know sign." Click on the Q code. Your feedback is appreciated. Tjbmd

06/10/2024

As a physician, former world-class masters athlete, and prostate cancer survivor, I have always been aware of and endorse healthy eating. On a personal note, I have seen a registered dietitian to make sure I am eating correctly.
I routinely have all patients who have diabetes be seen by a registered dietitian. Meal planning is essential in controlling diabetes. African American patients who are diabetic need counseling which is a part of good diabetic care.
One would be surprised that many people with diabetes have never seen a registered dietitian, which health insurance will pay for.
Finally, if you are a cancer survivor, you may want to see a cancer dietitian to help you eat healthier during recovery from surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment; appropriate nutrition is essential to healing and continued survival. Ask your physician about this.
In my opinion, Black people have not been given enough appropriate information regarding the need for significant changes in their diet. Of course, personal responsibility is always a factor.
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.

How Medical Schools Are Improving Access for Underrepresented Minorities 06/01/2024

This article gave me the opportunity to highlight again the need to increase the number of African Americans physicians in the health profession. I have been saying this for decades. That is one of the reasons I had the vision for the scholarship we give annually to help African American students financine their medical education, which is a significant barrier for them.
The Thaddeus John Bell,MD, and family endowment scholarship is designed to do just that. This year, we had fourteen students (from all 6 colleges at MUSC) who applied for the $10,000 scholarship, which we give at the Low Country Jazz Festival labor day week end
I wish our endowment could support all African Americans students presuding a degree in the health profession. This is the only way the health disparities will be eliminated.
More than 100 years of racism, bigotry, and discrimination in medicine are difficult to make up.
We will continue to do our part as God has ordained us to do.

How Medical Schools Are Improving Access for Underrepresented Minorities Pathway programs and less emphasis on entrance exams can help more of these students enroll in medical school.

05/12/2024
Photos from Closing the Gap in Healthcare's post 04/07/2024

Yesterday ì went to the bridge run to see if I could see any of my running friends from back in the day when we were frequent bridge runners. I quickly realized that we are old now, and running the bridge is not for old people no matter how well one takes care of himself.
Nevertheless, I did have an enjoyable time hanging out with some younger brothers who were volunteering to give out water to the runners.
I had a great time with these younger men. Tjbmd

04/06/2024

Update on Hypertension.
Hypertension is the most common medical condition treated by primary care physicians. Over half of adult Black people have high blood pressure, and one forth of them are not under control
New studies suggest that a family history of hypertension is a good marker that you will develop hypertension at some point in your life. Knowing your family history is very helpful in knowing your future health.
Your risk goes higher if you use a lot of salk, drink too much, lead a sedentary lifestyle, and are overweight.
YOUNG PEOPLE CAN AND DO HAVE HYPERTENSION.
Hypertension is not necessarily a silent killer, as we have been told. Some people do have symptoms. Symptoms can be headaches, dizziness, a sudden ringing in the ears, or just not feeling well.
Finally,uncontrolled hypertension continues to be the number one cause of strokes and heart disease of African Americans.
Enough for now. I am Thaddeus John Bell, MD, CTGIHC 4/6/2024.

Interview with Dr. Durst 04/04/2024

Closing the gap in healthcare - We appreciate the support we have gotten from our colleagues, patients,
and friends. It is only through our collaborations that the health disparities will disappear. We are grateful. Tjbmd

Interview with Dr. Durst Summary: On the Health Links Podcast, hosted by DJ Thatcher, Dr. K Durst discusses the vital role of the Charleston County Medical Society in South Carolina, emphasizing its long history since 1749, efforts in physician wellness, and initiatives like the "Closing the Gap in Healthcare" program led b...

04/03/2024

I was in a local store several days ago, and I frequented it regularly. Suddenly, I was the center of attention as this young white lady made a "big to do" because she recognized me from the health tips I did on television. She said she appreciated my dedication to the community and wanted to know why and how I got started. She hugged me, and we took a selfie. It created such a stir that I began to get nervous. Hum, I am so glad this worked out ok.

03/30/2024

Easter Sunday reminds me of the great time I had growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, at Wesley Methodist Church. My parents made sure we understood the reasons for the season: an Easter egg hunt at Allen University on Saturday afternoon, Church on Sunday, an Easter poem on Sunday morning, and a new outfit on Easter Sunday. I remember all of that. Unfortunately, many of the children I grew up with are gone.
Bless to still be here, and I remember yesterday.

More Women Are Drinking Themselves Sick. The Biden Administration Is Concerned. - KFF Health News 03/29/2024

My early experience as a family physician was at the VA Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, where I was a part of the Alcohol Drug Treatment Unit. I learn a lot about medicine while being the medical arm of that competent team. Alcohol use continues to be a hidden topic that people don't like to discuss. Recently, I had a patient die because he would not stop drinking. Alcoholism is a diagnosis that is high on my differential diagnosis when symptoms don't make sense.
Please take a look at this article about women and drinking written by a friend and colleague.

More Women Are Drinking Themselves Sick. The Biden Administration Is Concerned. - KFF Health News Historically, alcohol use disorder has disproportionately affected men. But targeted advertising and changes in societal norms over the past 50 years have led to an upsurge in alcohol-related diseases and deaths among women. “It’s a very taboo topic,” one expert said.

03/18/2024

I saw a lady today who was very excited that all of the lab values were normal. Her blood pressure was normal also. Three months ago, this was not the case. She was not being compliant in taking the medications
I explained to her that medications do work, but you have to take them.
Thaddeus john Bell, MD, CTGIHC 3/18/2024.

Tribute to Tonisha - Closing The Gap In Health Care 03/16/2024

This month is Women's History Month, and Tonisha Alston Bell, Dr. Bell’s younger daughter, whose life was concise, is on our minds. March is arduous for us because Tonisha was born and passed during the month of March.

By any measure, Tonisha was an outstanding woman but her contribution to Closing the Gap in Healthcare for African Americans and the underserved, for which she served as the first project director, were enormous. Under Tonisha's leadership, our organization became an award-winning organization that addressed the health disparities in our community and South Carolina. As a part of our mission, Closing the Gap has been aware that a primary cause of the health disparities is the lack of African Americans in the healthcare profession. Under Tonisha's leadership, the Low Country Jazz Festival became the financial arm of the parent company, Closing the Gap in Healthcare. Tonisha lived to see Thaddeus John Bell Family, MD, become an endowed scholarship from the Charleston Community Foundation of Charleston. The scholarship will be given perpetually to African American students at MUSC, the alma mater of Thaddeus John Bell, MD. These students can come from any college but must be in good standing at their college and require financial help. It was Tonisha's passion to see this part of the mission of our organization fulfilled.

Tonisha was an honor graduate of Ashley Hall School and Howard University, where she majored in Chemistry. She also graduated from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of SC. She married Edmund Alston and was the mother of two children, Julia and Ej Alston. Tonisha is the youngest daughter of Thaddeus and Gloria Bell. Tonisha was preceded in death by her brother, Thaddeus John Bell, II and her mother, Gloria Murray Bell. She is survived by her sister, Tiffany J. Bell, who is now the Project Director of Closing the Gap in Health Care.

We aim to continue increasing the corpus of the scholarship handled by the Charleston Community Foundation.

For more information about Tonisha and to donate to our scholarship fund, please visit: closingthegapinhealthcare.org/tribute-to-tonisha/.

Tonisha Bell Alston and Thaddeus J. Bell, II Memorial Scholarship - Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina

2024 Scholarship Opportunities (Deadline March 22, 2024)

Tribute to Tonisha - Closing The Gap In Health Care A tribute to Tonisha It was my daughter Tonisha, who suggested to me that we should increase our efforts to promote and explain, to our community, the relationship between Closing the Gap in Health Care for African Americans and the underserved and the Greater Charleston Low Country Jazz Festival. I...

Closing The Gap In Health Care, Inc. 03/14/2024

Dr.Bell's Health-eTip for 03/14/2024 -

Closing The Gap In Health Care, Inc. OUR MISSION is to decrease health disparities and increase the health literacy of African Americans and the underserved communities in America.

03/14/2024

It's being reported that patients are experiencing difficulties getting an appointment to see their primary care physician. This is because their has been a significant drop in the primary physician pool. The post pandemic Era caused major physician burnout with thousands of primary retiring.
As a result, more patients will be seen in urgent care centers, which are not the same as primary care.
Also, young physicians are not going into primary care because they are usually at the bottom of the income scale. Young physicians are leaving medical school with a tremendous financial debt, causing them to consider other more lucrative specialties.
Finally, there is a significant decrease in African Americans graduating from medical school, particularly African-American males. This trend will continue to increase health disparities in general. Studies show that black men usually get better care from a person who looks like them and come from a similar background.
The trust issue is not going away soon. Patients are likely to be more compliant if they trust their doctor and feel that their physician is an advocate for them.
Racism in medicine is real.
This picture features Dr. Chrystal Gleaton, Pharmacist, Dr. Doug Gleaton, family physician, and Dr. Kenosha Gleaton, ObGYN. These are young, outstanding health care professionals in private practice in Charleston, South Carolina.
Thaddeus John Bell,MD,CTGIHC 3/14/2024

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03/13/2024

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03/11/2024

Share Decision Making (SDM)What does it mean?
It's a fairly new term that was first used when a discussion was needed to decide if a male needed a DIgital Re**al Exam(DRE) and PSA for evaluation of prostate cancer. That's when i first heard about it.
Frankly, i never had that kind of discussion with my male patients. I told the facts about prostate cancer in our community. Most black men did not know the danger and reprocussion of not having "the male exam." Our folk just did not have the knowledge to make an informed decision. Most black males will say no, I don't want a DRE.
Such is the same for getting vaccines. There is so much distrust of physicians and overwhelming misinformation from social media regarding vaccines. That is why we saw a disproportionate number of Black folk getting sick and dying from COVID-19.
Studies show you are likely to get better care from physicians who look like you and come from a background similar to yours.
I can remember when African-Americans did not look so favorable to African-American physicians. Now, the thinking has changed, and the documentation is evident that black healthcare providers give better care than some of their white colleagues.
So SDM can be a good thing if the person giving you the information has your best interest at heart. That's your decision.
Thaddeus John Bell,MD, CTGIHC

01/06/2024

Encouraging a new generation to take health issues seriously.
I have been very blessed and indeed grateful to still be practicing medicine at a high level. I have an appreciation for what it means to have decades of experience taking care of Black folk and being a health educator in my community ( North & South Carolina). I have the experience of crossing over at least 3 generations of African American (the baby boomers, the millennial, and generation X ). They are very different.
What I have noticed unfortunately and pardoxarly is that the health of younger people 26 to 45 is not improving(check the new). Many will not live as long as their parents. In many cases, there are health issues that could have been prevented. They will experience major disability and unnecessary suffering.
A plortha of contributory issues are already well documented, but personal responsibility regarding one's health is not a priority. At least in their youth. I am impressed that modern medicine and good health advice are not trusted. Social media continues to be the primary source of medical information.
Health insurance and the importance of a healthy lifestyle are not emphasized enough to our younger people. The COVID has taught us a lot, and it was not good.
Thaddeus John Bell, MD, CTGIHC

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Closing The Gap In Health Care, Inc. 12/24/2023

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Closing The Gap In Health Care, Inc. OUR MISSION is to decrease health disparities and increase the health literacy of African Americans and the underserved communities in America.

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Closing The Gap In Health Care, Inc. OUR MISSION is to decrease health disparities and increase the health literacy of African Americans and the underserved communities in America.

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