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Get Your Flu & COVID Vaccines Ahead of Holiday Gatherings, New D.C. LGBTQ & Springfield Medical Centers & More from Kaiser Permanente

December 16, 2022
In The Community
Adolescents Are Ditching Alcohol for Cannabis at a High Rate
New research shows that alcohol abuse among adolescents is diminishing while cannabis misuse is on the rise. Joseph Tasosa, MD, a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist at Kaiser Permanente, joined Healthline to discuss the harmful effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain, including psychosis and anxiety attacks.
World AIDS Day Reminds Experts of Progress in Fighting HIV/AIDS
Despite the tremendous advances made in treating HIV and AIDS, there is more work that can be done. Monica, Gahunia, MD, an internal medicine doctor at Kaiser Permanente, joined Public News Service for World AIDS Day to share the importance of routine screening and possible future medical breakthroughs, including a vaccine to prevent HIV.
Care Excellence
Expert explains how parents can help their child with learning loss anxiety
After years of academic disruptions caused by the pandemic, many students struggle with learning loss causing stress and anxiety. Asha Patton-Smith, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with Kaiser Permanente, joined WJLA to share warning signs to look out for and when to contact a healthcare provider. 
Doctor urges to get flu, COVID vaccine ahead of holiday gatherings
Respiratory viruses are now in full force as overall immunity has dropped due to pandemic restrictions over the last two years. Jason Singh, MD, an internal medicine doctor at Kaiser Permanente, joined WJLA to urge viewers to get vaccinated now to stay protected during the holidays when they gather with friends and family. 
Health Tips
How parents can help kids make healthy eating habits to avoid risk of health conditions
As people fell into unhealthy sedentary lifestyles and indulged in more comfort food during the pandemic, childhood obesity and related health conditions increased. Christina Brown, MD, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente, joined WJLA to talk about how to get kids back on track by focusing on basic healthy habits that the entire family should be doing.
Our Doctors & Facilities
Kaiser Permanente opens D.C. LGBTQ medical center
Kaiser Permanente’s Pride Medical Center on Capitol Hill, an optional, additional site of care for LGBTQ+ patients, held a reception, panel discussion, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 1st. Panelist Keith Egan, MD, a primary care physician and Pride Medical founder, discussed with Washington Blade the benefits of Pride Medical, including experienced healthcare providers committed to care equity and navigating the healthcare system so their patients can get the support they need to be healthy.
Kaiser ready to unveil new Springfield Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente has opened its new medical center in Springfield, VA. Cheryl Keys, physician-in-chief of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern Virginia operations, joined WashingtonBusiness Journal to discuss its services. The Springfield Medical Center will provide primary and specialty care services, including dermatology, orthopedics, and ophthalmology. It will also offer physical therapy, pharmacy, laboratory, and imaging, such as mammography, ultrasound, X-ray, and bone density scans.
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