Ray couldn’t find work — or safety. Over time, he grew isolated, eating meals of cheap takeout on his couch while watching TV. The salty food and inactivity left him with diabetes, swollen limbs, and ultimately heart failure. His neighborhood helped create the conditions that killed him, and they continue to take their toll on the children and grandchildren Ray left behind

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Donnie Missouri, 58, doesn’t have medical training. He started his health career in the linens department in Johns Hopkins Hospital. Now, he works on the front lines — one of the hospital’s non-medical workers who reaches out to patients who doctors think are at risk of suffering setbacks that will force them to return

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A Doctor in the Neighborhood

February 11, 2016

Danielle Ofri writes, “There aren’t any ethical guidelines about where a doctor should live or how she should behave when she and her patient are in line at the grocery store. My rule of thumb is that I keep quiet and allow my patients to decide how much interaction they want, if any at all”

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