“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
~ Mark Twain
I admit to not being brave enough to lash myself to the Twitter mast and risk being “cancelled.” For now, I just want to talk about this with you. In 1949, when I was 8 years old, my family drove to Goodman, Mississippi, to visit my father’s mother for the 4th of...
In 1997, I joined 150 Americans and Canadians to violate the decades-old U.S. embargo of Cuba. My reason for going was to see Cuba’s healthcare delivery system and after working in Miami to satisfy my curiosity about the island just 90 miles away. My trip was...
This is not about Meghan and Harry – no, not that title kerfuffle. This is about the journey of the title of my forthcoming memoir launching in April 2021. My memoir has had more names than a litter of puppies. It started off with the working title of My Story and...
The state of U.S. Public Health
I can’t think of a worse time to look and find this kind of data – especially in rural areas of the country.
Since 2010, # of rural hospitals that have closed
Of the number still operating, the 1,844 rural hospitals considered vulnerable for closure
The percentage of US counties that spend more than 2x as much on policing as non-hospital healthcare, including public health
The percentage of US states that spend less than $100/person/year on public health
Since 2008, the number of state and local public health jobs in the US that have been lost
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