MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND REFLECTIONS: “SAFER AT HOME” SUMMER

I spent Memorial Day weekend at home with my family, alternating between a little relaxing and a lot of spring cleaning. We didn’t get that burst of summer weather that we sometimes do in New England, so weekend travel was less tempting.  Also, our governor has adopted a “safer at home” stance due to coronavirus, … Continue reading MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND REFLECTIONS: “SAFER AT HOME” SUMMER

Reflecting on Women’s Health Week

As we close out Women's Health Week, I want to take the time to reflect on the magnitude with which women are disproportionally affected in access to health coverage. Here is a sample of some of the facts that I shared throughout the week. I wrote Marching Toward Coverage to inform women of the issues … Continue reading Reflecting on Women’s Health Week

MOTHER’S DAY, CORONAVIRUS EDITION: A NEW KIND OF “SELF-CARE”

As Mother’s Day approaches, this year feels different.  In a time of coronavirus, we need more than flowers and a day off.  We need more than traditional self-care.  We need recognition, deep and lasting recognition, that the work we do as caregivers is invaluable.  We need recognition from society as a whole, not just our … Continue reading MOTHER’S DAY, CORONAVIRUS EDITION: A NEW KIND OF “SELF-CARE”

Inspiration During Coronavirus Quarantine

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact our personal and professional lives, I wanted to share some positive inspiration from Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, and Maya Angelou --- all extraordinary people who experienced hardship, whether personally or societally. Yet they persevered, embodying the qualities necessary for leadership during a time of crisis. Winner of the … Continue reading Inspiration During Coronavirus Quarantine

MARCH 2020: CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH AND THE ACA’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY

In the photo above, a jubilant and triumphant Speaker Pelosi is celebrating the victory of her fight to pass the Affordable Care Act. This March brought two major things to celebrate:  Women’s History Month (in the year that marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage!) and the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. There … Continue reading MARCH 2020: CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH AND THE ACA’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY

FROM BLACK HISTORY TO WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: ROSA PARKS AND ACTIVISM TODAY

“To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.”  ~Rosa Parks “Are you going to stand up?" the driver demanded. Rosa Parks looked straight at him and said: "No." Flustered, and not quite sure what to do, Blake (the driver) retorted, "Well, … Continue reading FROM BLACK HISTORY TO WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: ROSA PARKS AND ACTIVISM TODAY

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

In the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one should go broke just because they get sick. In the United States of America, health care is not a privilege for the fortunate few — it is a right.  President Barack Obama, 2010 As Black History Month gets underway, I find myself reflecting on how we typically … Continue reading CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Reflections on the Fourth Women’s March

The fourth annual Women’s March did not disappoint!  I flew from Boston to Washington DC last week so that I could march in the same place where we made history three years ago. With me were my sister-in-law, husband, daughter, and friends.  It was a cold and rainy day, but our spirits were high. Tens of thousands … Continue reading Reflections on the Fourth Women’s March

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane." Martin Luther King Jr. made this famous statement in Chicago, at the Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights in March 1966. One of the greatest American orators, his words inspired moral courage.  Just a few years earlier, only … Continue reading Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

IT’S TIME TO MARCH

January 9, 2020 Early in the morning on January 21, 2017, I stood on the corner of Independence Avenue and Maryland Avenue SW.  Not far from the US Capitol building, shoulder to shoulder in a sea of other protestors, I waited for the Women’s March on Washington to begin. I saw people holding handmade signs that … Continue reading IT’S TIME TO MARCH