One of the most fulfilling parts of my work is getting to meet with health care and community leaders. And, nearly everywhere I visit, there is a common refrain: our local economy would be in dire straits without our hospital.
Last month, at Center for Health Progress’s annual fundraising luncheon, HEALTHtalks, I found myself surrounded by leaders who dared to be hopeful in spite of it all.
I’ve been studying the science and theory of the social determinants of health (SDOH) for many years. But, all the studies in the world can’t compare to experiencing something firsthand.
There are no quick fixes to our country’s 500-year-old legacy of institutional racism, especially in the face of recent spikes in bigotry and hate crimes, but if we are ever to realize health equity, we must tackle this legacy head on.
I’ve always been intrigued by history and the genesis of things. In high school, I spent a great deal of time recording oral histories of aging relatives and tracking down the story of my ancestry.