“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
~ Mark Twain
I didn’t know until 1965, when I arrived in California, that I grew up in a place that didn’t count for much--Missouri. Not as good as Wisconsin with their cheese or Minnesota of ten-thousand lakes. We had the Big Muddy that only Tom Sawyer and Huck could love. And,...
Mom at age 97I admit to being on the fence about Mother’s Day. I have yet to find a card I think captures my feelings on that particular May day. I know the card industry would disagree. Since my mother passed away I only glimpse the long racks of cards now: mostly...
In 1981 I lived and worked in a tiny village in Kenya for a summer. I’m not sure how much of a difference I and my nine colleagues made during our time there—all of us in graduate school—but the villagers changed me forever. I had never read much about Africa unless...
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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