Dr. LaTonya J. Trotter, an alumna of the University of Washington School of Public Health, has authored a new book, “More than Medicine: Nurse Practitioners and the Problems They Solve for Patients, Health Care Organizations, and the State,” slated to hit book shelves in April.
In More than Medicine, Dr. Trotter investigates our health care crises through the lens of the nurse practitioner (NP). She chronicles the everyday work of a group of NPs on the front lines of the intertwined crises of cost and personnel as they care for 400 African-American older adults living with poor health and limited means. She shows how this group of NPs expanded the medical encounter to include a mix of health, social and coordination problems — illustrating the ways in which these providers are not just filling in for absent physicians, but are filling in for the absence of the state, in attending to the problems of poverty and unequal access to health care.
Dr. Trotter is currently an assistant professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her MPH from the UW School of Public Health\’s Department of Health Services in 2006.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 13