We conduct digital health research trials almost exclusively in community health centers. These primary care settings are described as part of the nation’s “safety net,” but let’s be clear: for most of these patients, there is no catcher on the trapeze. Health centers are the primary, primary care option for our nation’s poor. Without them, we’d be certain to see [even more] rampant rates of suffering, poverty, and health care costs.
Health center docs are some of the most amazing physicians you’ll ever encounter. While I’m somewhat prone to hyperbole, I’m probably understating this particular point. Need evidence? This episode from David Plotz’s wonderful new podcast series aptly captures the amazing gifts that health center physicians provide to their patients [and our nation].