Mercy Health Geriatricians Recognized for Educating the Public Through Health Column

November 10, 2017 6:27 pm

Dr. Thomas, Senior Perspectives Editor Michelle Fields and Dr. Josyula during awards ceremony

As if being a full-time Mercy Health medical professionals caring for our aging population weren’t enough, Aruna Josyula, MD, and Oluwatoyin Thomas, MD, also take the time to share their knowledge about common geriatric concerns with the public through a bimonthly health column.

Regular contributors to the Muskegon publication Senior Perspectives, these geriatricians recently received a nationwide, second-place award for their column, “Ask the Doctor.”

More than a typical health column, “Ask the Doctor” focuses on practical steps seniors and their caregivers can take to improve their daily lives. During 2017, the topics the providers addressed included cognitive impairment, managing medications, seniors and driving, and opioids and pain management, to name a few.

Senior Perspectives was among 86 publications entered in the competition sponsored by the North American Mature Publications Association. Editor Michelle Fields received word of the award for “Ask the Doctor” in September.  The award ceremony was held in Muskegon on November 11.

The judging panel, from the University of Missouri Columbia School of Journalism, offered this comment about the value of Mercy Health’s efforts to educate the community about common challenges faced by seniors:

“The added value of “Ask the Doctor” is the sensible way it presents information through a sequential Q-A approach. Each question is a follow-up to the last one, so topics are developed in measured, careful steps. The reader reaches the end with a well-rounded understanding of a medical concern.”

Congratulations to Drs. Josyula and Thomas of Mercy Health Physician Partners Geriatrics, for their commitment to improving geriatric health in the Muskegon and Lakeshore communities.


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