A few years ago, I found myself facing a new chapter in my life. I had just graduated from college, and was about to begin a Public Interest Fellowship with what was then the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved.
At my last physical, I spent an hour in the waiting room and only seven minutes talking to my doctor. When it was time for my exam, she asked me to disrobe and said she’d be back in two minutes.
An interesting task: draw nine dots in a three-by-three formation and then connect those dots with four straight lines. The kicker? No taking your pen off the paper once you start.
What if this is how we cared for people? What if success meant doing right by the people using health care services and always keeping in mind what would make their experience the best it can be?
There are undeniable links between homelessness and health. Poor health can result in homelessness, and homelessness can create and oftentimes exacerbate health issues, creating a vicious cycle.