Personally, I don't have the heart to keep watching the news - especially with all of the natural disasters going on. However, when I forced myself to tune in, I did see on the news was President Trump throwing rolls of paper towels into the crowd in Puerto Rico like t-shirts at a sporting event. … Continue reading Hurricaned Hospitals and Stormy Support.
I love cities. I grew up in the D.C. Metropolitan Area suburbs, but I spent most of my literal-24-hour-day in Washington, D.C. After I graduated from college, I officially moved to one of my favorite cities for the first time - Philadelphia. I'm still in love with Philly, even though I've since moved to Boston. … Continue reading Cities, 9/11, and Baby Teeth.
Multiple studies have shown that minorities prefer and open up more to minority physicians. Most of you also know that one of the goals of this blog is to encourage minorities to insert themselves into the healthcare system. So it seemed fitting to start a new series on The Neighborhood Bioethicist called Minority Physician Spotlight. … Continue reading Minority Physician Spotlight: Dr. Jaysson Brooks
BioEdge.org, a bioethics news source, released an article about physician assisted suicide (PAS) about a week ago. Oregon is one of the few states that have legalized PAS. However, according to the 2016 Report on Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, about 50% of patients who ended their lives via PAS, said that they did because … Continue reading Money, Family, End of Life Treatment, and Being a Burden
(Every once in a while, I love to have someone else take over the blog for the week and elaborate on their own personal contributions to healthcare and minority health in general. This week, I asked my friend Derrick Young to be "The Neighborhood Bioethicist" and talk about his passion project. Check out his post … Continue reading THE TOOLKIT: Addressing Racism, Silence, and Privilege in Higher Education and Healthcare
Once upon a time there was a country where the people were very concerned about their healthcare. They were understandably concerned - you see, to get a kidney, it might as well have cost a kidney. The people had a leader who proposed an healthcare change that was nicknamed Obamacare. However, some people rejected Obamacare … Continue reading Can We Talk: Insurance Terminology
(If you are not caught up with CW's The Flash, there are some teeny, tiny spoilers in this post! You've been forewarned.) I've been posting a lot of serious pieces lately on The Neighborhood Bioethicist, so I thought we should have some fun this week. So we will play a little game called Six Degrees … Continue reading Six Degrees of Bioethics Separation: The Space Time Continuum
Some folks's morning routine encompasses some variant of wash, rinse, and repeat. My morning routine is a bit different: Get up. Do devotion and pray my younger brothers don't get racially profiled by the police between the time I saw them last and the time I see them again. Look in the mirror and remind … Continue reading Stress and Public Health: Reflections a Week after Charlottesville.
I am a firm believer that stories make up the human experience. They make us who we are and make the foundation of our worldview. They build and shape our communities. They tell stories of our wins and our losses - who we trust and don't trust. To quote Alsdair MacIntyre, "I can only … Continue reading Narrative Ethics and the Black American Healthcare Story
A few days before I published last week's post, I saw the news of Charlie Gard's death on CNN. It was really a solemn moment for me - bioethics can help you rationalize death, but you never quite get used to it. Infants and children, especially, leave my heart feeling a bit like a festering … Continue reading Why Charlie Gard’s Story Happened the Way it Did: A Legal Analysis