I remember the first time I was called the N-word. I was around eleven years old and my family was driving to Virginia Beach for a family vacation. I looked over at the car next to us and this woman was yelling out her car to us "NI---R! NI---R!" My mom asked me if I … Continue reading Words.
"Either way, there is no sustainable accountability on the front end for the operation. No hospital, no ethics committee, and no advocacy. "
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.
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.
Choose life and speak life - these are phrases I grew up hearing while growing up in the black church. Usually, they are used as euphemisms. However, there is a literal meaning we could glean from the specific phrase "choose life" in the context of our nation's healthcare crisis. The new healthcare bill is back … Continue reading In the Interim, Choose Life.
(A special thank you to Autumn Fiester - the professor who made sure we knew that healing physical ailments is just the first step. Compassion and empathy changes everything.) Get comfortable cause we are having story time. I was running to my Uber, trying to avoid an additional charge and my driver leaving me, when … Continue reading Compassionate Care: The Icing, Swagger, and Finesse.
(Hi guys! So I originally had the second installment in our Can We Talk: Family Health History series scheduled for this week. However, with the healthcare bill on the Congressional floor again, this post seemed like a better fit this time. We will be back to our regular scheduled programing next week! If you missed Part One … Continue reading Pokemon, Flint, and Other Problematic Behavior.