“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
~ Mark Twain
I just experienced my first ever “book shaming” at a local coffeeshop. After I’d settled in with my latté and muffin, I took a book out of my carry bag. Because it was close quarters, I felt the man next to me shift in his chair to see what I was reading. I admit to...
I wish that when we talk about polarization we were only talking about how to protect polar bear habitats in the Arctic. But, alas, now the term’s most common meaning refers to the act of dividing, often people and opinions, into completely separate groups. We’ve gone...
The word "Old" is so laden with negativity, we hardly ever use it. Except, of course, if you really want to go for the jugular and then it’s usually accompanied by old fart, old bag, old dog with no new tricks, and possibly “old timer” but that is kind of dear 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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