Give Thanks and Raise Your Voice for Health Equity

For many Americans, Thanksgiving is synonymous with family and food. For me, it is a reminder of one Thanksgiving in particular when my aunt began experiencing shortness of breath and went to the emergency room. Doctors did a series of tests and then sent her home.

Photo of Thanksgiving day dinner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few days later she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Cancer. It was a shock to the whole family, but none of us felt that it would be a death sentence. Perhaps we were optimistic at best or disillusioned at worst. We went on and …read more

Fortunate Food

I recently came across “Share Shelf,” a simple, yet ingenious way to support community members.

Similar to “Take a Penny, Leave a Penny,” where store patrons place unwanted pennies in a designated dish for customers who need a penny to avoid breaking a higher-denomination coin or bill, Share Shelf is a way for people who have too much to share their excess.

Debuting in Los Angeles, CA, Share Shelf is a little square shelf attached to parking signs on streets with ample foot traffic, a number of restaurants and a high volume of homelessness. Restaurant-goers can place their leftovers on …read more

Helping Our Heros: Standing Up to PTSD

It’s been almost a year since the horrific incident in Newtown, Connecticut that resulted in the loss of 20 children and 6 teachers. Despite the months that have passed, the psychological trauma that accompanied the shooting is still very real for first responders and families of the victims.

Thomas Bean, one of the first officers to respond to the Newtown shooting, is living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “That day killed me inside.” He recalls, explaining that he continues to have flashbacks, wake in tears, and suffer paranoid delusions that people are trying to kill him.

Due to Thomas …read more

Expanding the Health Conversation

Contribute to a Healthy Community Display Display (Photo credit: Ryan Somma)

With the roll-out of the new healthcare law, there has been a lot of conversation about affordability. Whether you’re anti-healthcare reform or are lauding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you are likely determining how ACA will affect you financially.

However, there has been little talk in the mainstream media about accessibility to health. This is particularly troubling since overcoming obstacles to health and wellness can only occur when all people have access to education, food, and nutrition. In addition, addressing health inequity requires the elimination of barriers and …read more