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Choices for End Stage Kidney Disease

Diana J. Mason

Over 100,000 people are diagnosed each year with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and almost half a million people are living with it. The  progressive nature of the disease often eventually requires patients to go on kidney dialysis to survive, but the quality of life often deteriorates as patients spend multiple hours on each of […]

April 20, 2017

Sustainability: Consumer Awareness and Action

Eve Adler

Sustainability is a broad and widely debated topic, which gives insight into most aspects of the human world from business to technology to the environment and the social sciences. “Sustainability is not just about the environment, it’s also about our health as a society in ensuring that no people or areas of life suffer as […]

April 13, 2017

Health and Housing Design

Diana J. Mason

  Over the past several years, I’ve been covering efforts to promote healthy communities in ways that will foster health among individuals and communities in ways that can reduce the need for acute care services and, concurrently, health care spending. There is growing recognition that stable housing is key to health and coordinated health care. […]

April 6, 2017

Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 – a graphic memoir by MK Czerwiec

Barbara Glickstein

When some people think about graphic novels or comic books, they may only think of superheroes. I’ve learned so much more about graphic novels from MK Czerwiec, known as Comic Nurse. Here’s what she says,  “I am a nurse who uses comics to reflect on the complexities of illness and caregiving.”  HealthCetera co-producer and host […]

March 30, 2017

HealthCetera Radio: Supporting the T: Not just about a bathroom

Kristi Westphaln

Supporting the T: Not just about a bathroom What do a bus, a water fountain, and a bathroom all have in common? The Trump Administration rescinded President Obama’s Guidance regarding the rights of transgender children to use school restrooms of their choice; many are wondering if this truly is just about a bathroom. Many civil […]

March 23, 2017

Charter on Professionalism for Healthcare Organizations

Diana J. Mason

On February 21st, Swedish Health Services in Seattle, Washington, announced that its CEO, Tony Armada, had resigned after a report by the Seattle Times that neurosurgeons were being incentivized to increase the volume of surgeries at its Neuroscience Institute and did so at times in ways that compromised patient safety. The Times reported that as […]

March 23, 2017

Trumpcare

Diana J. Mason

This week the Congressional Budget Office scored the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare even though he doesn’t want it branded with his name (wonder why…), the bill that Paul Ryan and the Republicans put forth to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The CBO, as it’s called, is a […]

March 16, 2017

Trumpcare and Community Health Centers

Eve Adler

The World Health Organization refers to health policy as the “decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific health care goals within a society. An explicit health policy can achieve several things: it defines a vision for the future which in turn helps to establish targets and points of reference for the short […]

March 16, 2017

Evidence of Need for the Charter on Professionalism for Healthcare Organizations

Diana J. Mason

Last week, I shared information on a new Charter on Professionalism for Healthcare Organizations. The group that developed the Charter found that several leading journals were not interested in the topic. It didn’t seem to be a compelling topic. Evidence of hospital wrong-doing seemed to be off their radar screens, even thought the impetus for […]

February 21, 2017

Research design drives partnerships with Phoenix community members & elected officials

Barbara Glickstein

    This past week I attended AcademyHealth’s National Health Policy Conference in Washington, DC.  Early Tuesday morning, January 31st, the Poster Session room was buzzing with conversations as researchers stood in front of their respective posters highlighting their research to conference attendees.   There I met Arizona State University School for the Science of Health […]

February 2, 2017