Social Determinants

murmurs & musings on the social side of health

My inaugural walking gallery @ KP Center for Total Health, Washington, DC.
Stories, friends, trust, progress…it’s incredible what art is capable of. More impressive than the walking gallery itself, however, was seeing the jackets “in action” at Datapalooza. It seemed that everywhere i looked, amidst the 1600+ people, a jacket poked through the crowd. It forced questions. Inspired new perspective. And made clear why all of us were in DC, after all. 
Can’t wait to join. 

My inaugural walking gallery @ KP Center for Total Health, Washington, DC.

Stories, friends, trust, progress…it’s incredible what art is capable of. More impressive than the walking gallery itself, however, was seeing the jackets “in action” at Datapalooza. It seemed that everywhere i looked, amidst the 1600+ people, a jacket poked through the crowd. It forced questions. Inspired new perspective. And made clear why all of us were in DC, after all. 

Can’t wait to join. 

The devolution of doctors?

Once, the central player in health care, doctors today are less charmed and more in question. While some may find the title here to be a bit strong, the sentiment is extant.

I read two pieces today on the subject:

First, from The Economist,“Squeezing Out the Doctor?” is about the increasing global need for technology & other health innovations as doctors become scarcer and costs continue to rise.   

Second, from The Atlantic, “We Can’t Rely on Doctors Alone to Make the U.S. Healthier" focuses not on scarcity but on scope, encouraging readers to reflect on the limits of what’s possible by doctors. Author Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey stresses the importance of building health into where we live, work and play, writing, "Access to high-quality health care is essential to improving health in the U.S. But equally essential is a change in the way we structure our communities."   I wholeheartedly believe this. Health is every moment of every day. And we need to structure our system - and our communities - accordingly. 

Don’t get me wrong – doctors are incredibly important and am thankful for my own and my many many friends who I call at early and late hours when I’m worried about who-knows-what.  But their role at the center of the health care ecosystem is certainly fading.