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Storytelling in healthcare

How important is storytelling in healthcare? With any attempts to make change, there is a story helping “ignite the flame“. From Dr. Atul Gawande: “In every industrialized nation, the movement to reform health care has begun with stories about cruelty.

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Health 2.0: Who’s not at the table?

Health 2.0- Who’s Not at the Table? On May 14 and 15 of this year, I had the opportunity to attend the Health 2.0 Spring Fling conference in Boston, MA. According to their website, Health 2.0 is about bringing “together

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Looking at what’s to come: Accountable care organizations

Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), according to NPR, takes “up only seven pages of the massive new health law” yet has become one hot topic in healthcare circles. What are ACOs and what implications do they have on the community? Well

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Supporting the cause: The importance of research and partnerships

For the past several posts, we have discussed the importance of stories in moving healthcare policy. Each of these stories are precious and deserve to be told and heard. Policy makers often take great comfort in knowing what is really

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Healthcare leaders from near and far must innovate together

In a recent article in the Atlantic on why our “best and brightest” end up in Silicon Valley and not Washington, D.C., the author describes a shift where historically the “up and coming” would enter politics to make a difference,

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The Clementi case and the desperate need for a criminal justice paradigm shift

Violence is a critical public health issue and one that contributes to an astounding number of years of life lost, with homicide and suicide among the top 5 causes of death for those aged 1-44. Yet our response to violence

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Returning to our roots: Healthcare in our community

Not too long ago in the history of our country, there existed physicians who would travel around seeing patients. These physicians would do such things as make “house calls” or “home visits”. They were there in the home when the

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Healthcare is a moral issue

Have you considered if healthcare is a moral issue? With recent arguments made in the Supreme Court about the constitutionality of the 2009 healthcare reform law, it is time to again consider this question. Arguments in the Supreme Court primarily

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Building a healthier community: An Omaha case study

Building healthy communities is one element of a transformed healthcare system in the U.S.  Among other things, healthy communities help to reduce overall healthcare costs, decrease morbidity, increase the quality of life and the life span of every citizen. A

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Help Occupy Healthcare put a face on healthcare in America

Do you have a story about healthcare in America? Do you believe America deserves a better healthcare system? Have you had to choose between healthcare and survival? If you’ve answered yes or know someone who would answer yes, Occupy Healthcare

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