|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
Patients (Care and treatment)
|Author:||Thorpe, Kenneth E.|
|Publication:||Name: West Virginia Medical Journal Publisher: West Virginia State Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 West Virginia State Medical Association ISSN: 0043-3284|
|Issue:||Date: Sept-Oct, 2008 Source Volume: 104 Source Issue: 5|
|Topic:||Event Code: 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management|
|Product:||Product Code: 8011000 Physicians & Surgeons NAICS Code: 621111 Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists) SIC Code: 8011 Offices & clinics of medical doctors|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: West Virginia Geographic Code: 1U5WV West Virginia|
Dear Dr. Wallace:
Thank you for the excellent overview of the perspectives of West Virginia physicians in the most recent issue of the West Virginia Medical Journal. As I work with states around the country, it is clear that each one is politically and culturally unique. What they all have in common, however, is the desire to improve the health and well-being of those within their borders. The means to that end vary by state-although some elements are shared, such as:
* Reducing rates of smoking (and preventing young people from starting).
* Decrease rates of obesity and its sequelae.
* Ensuring that all individuals have access to quality healthcare.
* Fostering more effective primary care that incorporates the medical home concept.
I look forward to working with you, the State Medical Association, and every physician in West Virginia to improve the health of all patients in your care. Your letter outlines critical challenges-the state's relative poverty, unhealthy lifestyles, and under-investment among them. Working together, I am certain we can find equitable, effective solutions that work for West Virginia.
Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
EDITOR'S NOTE: Our apologies to Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD for using the incorrect middle initial in the previous commentary (it is E. rather than C.), and also to Del. Margaret Staggers, MD, (D-Fayette), WVSMA member, for the unintentional omission of her name from those that we feel have the true voice of West Virginia physicians in the legislature. We certainly appreciate her service and sacrifice on our behalf.
[Response of Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD to R. Austin Wallace, Open Letter to Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD, July/August 2008 issue of the WV Medical Journal]
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