When helping vulnerable urban populations, sometimes the biggest challenge is to understand where the patient is at. Then we have to work together with the patient on walking towards wellness, particularly focusing on lifestyle modifications.
Rosalyn Stewart, MD, MBA, MS, is the the director of the Johns Hopkins After Care Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, working to support particularly vulnerable urban populations in Baltimore through community outreach and advocacy.
Pre-med student Dean Chien captures an engaging three-minute interview with Stewart, who talks about racial disparities, as well as how social determinants give rise to healthcare disparities.
On her wall is a Black Lives Matter painting that her daughter created her senior year of high school following the death of Freddie Gray. Stewart says, “My daughter’s painting spoke to me about the work I do, taking care of an urban underserved population to help them achieve wellness. Where I work in Baltimore, many of those individuals happen to be Black Americans.”
Stewart also reflects on the biggest challenge in her practice:
“The biggest challenge is to understand where the patient is at. Then we have to work together with the patient on walking towards a health solution, particularly focusing on lifestyle modifications.”