Category Archives: Health Care

Why Health Care and Science Education Matter

I was shocked that anyone might not know what CO was: So this is what educational priv. looks like, and why Science Ed Matters?

Thanks for the local investigative reporting, NPR and ProPublica.
Shira

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We Can Do Better Wednesdays, Chapter 9, and Housing as a Human Right?

This post is  the rough draft of  Chapter 9, section II A of my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors.   This part of chapter 9 will introduce the early years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase III.  Universal Health Care should include having stable and safe housing, no?  Or should it?

The overall objective remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for chapter 9 will attempt to match with each section, at the bottom of early years posts.

Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

(Chapter 9  Introduction, section I. was last week)

Chapter 9, section II. A.

II. A (1387/1k wds).  Universal Hlt Care in the early days of Phase III, how to get there

 

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While, given the number of other nations who already have some form of a single payer system of universal health care for all residents, or even visitors, this would seem to be a ‘no-brainer’ to most reasonable people, there will need to be education during this entire phase around the need for and benefits to society of having a sps of universal health care in the USA.  The question of how to pay for such a system, let alone how to pay for free education, which will be dealt with in the next section, comes up rather frequently in these discussions.  Likewise, the issue of free riders on any universal system, whether it be of health care, or education, or any other universally offered common good, also comes up frequently.  The risk of free riding, or of abuse of these systems, is one that cannot be denied, but one that we should equally consider as part of our responsibility toward standing for Human Rights.  Where every one of us is safe and freely able to give the best of ourselves, forming part of a truly just society, would we all not feel ashamed to contribute to that society, unless ill or simply exhausted?  It can be asserted that until one lives in a fully just and equitable society, the issue of abuse of the existing unjust system is merely a by-product of the injustice of that unjust system.  In an equitable system, motivation to abuse the system should be greatly reduced, but both agency and systemic structures play a part in  encouraging both bad behavior and good.  Noah, living in Sodom, was a good man in his generation, but perhaps not so good compared to the standards of a better time and place.  In like manner, when all of society has free and full access to proper health care, not only is each individual then more responsible for taking care personal health, but each individual is also far more likely to do so, both for personal reasons and by being encouraged in a wide variety of ways to do so, from working at a stand up desk, to walking to work, to being able to spend more time with family, and taking family walks together to vegan picnic events outside the library.  As societal expectations move from normalizing unhealthy habits and behaviors, to normalizing healthy behaviors, those individuals who have had to work alone to bear the standard of health no longer stand apart, and all of society moves toward a new level of normalcy, in which we all understand that our own personal interests are also best served by helping to improve each part of this society’s systems.  Where this society works for all of us, abuse is tremendously reduced.

 

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Coming up with measurements and milestones for the early years of Universal Health Care, during Phase III, may require extreme creativity.  First of all, given the fact that any single payer system for universal health care is not going to be a grassroots funded system, as it either exists or it does not exist, there may not, at first, be very much to measure, in terms of outcomes, or public health statistics.  Local health clinic practitioners can certainly push for more forms of preventative health care, more clinic hours and staff, longer mental health care therapy times, and for paid classes at libraries, but this does not lead directly to a single payer system.  Progress will most likely need to be measured in terms of amount of pressure on lawmakers in the form of lobbying in favor of legislation for a fully sps health care system, likely for citizens first, then for all residents, and finally, universal.  Letter campaigns to our federal senators and representatives, both while they are in session in DC, and also while they are back in their home visits, may be a crucial tool.  Ideas like ‘walk to your federal senator’s office for health care’ may also be part of the tool set for this campaign.  Much of the work on this issue will be handled, at this point, by the newer generation of leaders, as the generation who pushed for the upgrading of physical public infrastructure during Phase I pass the baton to those who will now continue to push for the upgrading of our moral and human rights related infrastructure, starting with fully accessible health care for all members of our society.

 

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Tools and 1-minute activities for Universal Health Care, in the beginning years of Phase III will probably need to build on those already developed during Phases I and II, as the new generation of citizens takes up the task of studying the existing tools, and either adapting them for this new purpose, or creating and building new tools better suited to the campaign ahead.  Workshops given by health care practitioners can emphasize their daily hands on experience with the lack of ability to pay, and how that affects the patients that they see, or become unable to see properly.  They can also testify to the damage that policies like limiting procedures to one per appointment, while limiting patients to one appointment per day, and how much more difficult this can make the life of a working person.  Campaign tools such as multimedia, the arts, pamphlets, and PSAs should form part of this push for UHC as a sps, for example with walks from local health clinics to offices of senators and federal reps, in conjunction with a slogan like ‘Your health is our health’ to be shared on social and multimedia outlets.  Reminding us all that “doing your part to stay healthy keeps us all healthy” should remain part of this campaign, even as it steps up into the legislative arena from the local public health sphere.  Likewise, the campaign to end particle contamination through smoking cessation and encouraging the use of medical marijuana through oils, edibles, and patches, should be added to the understanding of how strong, self-disciplined, community aware citizens who work to take care of themselves and of others at the same time.  Workshops by volunteers, particularly by newly recognized “Adults” in every community, can emphasize their personal techniques for emotional self defense as part of community self and health defense.  Finally, the old fashioned distribution of sample letters to the editor should still be effective, and could also be sent to the federal law makers of each person, with a personal addendum of how having a universal health care system would impact that person’s life for the better.

 

 

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Clearly, the practical use of a sps universal health care system is inestimable, and needs no explaining.  The symbolic uses of such a system, however, are myriad.  One symbolic use of having a system of universal health care in which one need not worry about the stress of dealing with multiple payment systems or insurers while one is ill, is that each person taking care of oneself is in fact equivalent, in overall terms, to each person taking care of our entire society.  Being mindful of that can help to solve many of our problems with individual health risks, such as unhealthy eating habits, smoking, or lack of exercise.  Having a single payer universal health care system can also symbolize a society where people matter.  Having a single payer universal health care system certainly symbolizes a society in which Human Rights matter.  Lastly, but certainly neither least nor even the end of the list of possibilities, having a single payer health care system symbolizes the very real and practical hope that all will be able to stay healthy enough, or to recover when disaster strikes without being sunk in debt, to contribute fully to our society.  This set of symbolic and practical uses for a fully viable public health care system interconnect with and contribute to the usefulness of a fully viable and robust public education system, as without health, little else is actually possible. Thus, the next section will discuss the need to education in its fullest form in order to allow full contribution to society by all of us.

 

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 9, section II. B. )

 

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  clearly part of  Non-fiction.

Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Action Prompts:

1.) Share some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

2.)   Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.

  Thoughtful Readers, what ideas do you have on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

 

Chapter 9, both sections II and III A. outlines

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Parashat Metzorah, Healing Houses, and Caring for People

     This week’s Torah portion,  Metzorah,  is  over halfway (28th/54 or 52, depending on the year: this year, it’s 54…) through the annual cycle, and the 5th Parashah in the book of Vayikra/Leviticus.

   This portion deals with more diagnosis: still the equivalent of modern Universal Health Care (and who’d have thought that the Cohanim were doctors?).  Who knew that even a house could be ill, and this, again, before the idea of Sick Building Syndrome came about, huh?    queen_anne_style_house2c_rockville2c_md2c_1892_-_q7986018 Interesting, no?

         What could equity of responsibility and citizenry look like, if every person had proper health care, and everyone had a safe home? health_pictogram

  I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better.

-Shira   

 

     Parashat Tazria was last week…

Action Prompts:

    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please.   Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better

What would yours be, if you had time?

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Parashat Tazria, Sick Houses, and Health Care?

     This week’s Torah portion,  Tazria,  is just over halfway (27th/54 or 52, depending on the year: this year, it’s 54…) through the annual cycle, and the 4th Parashah in the book of Vayikra/Leviticus.

   This portion deals with illnesses, isolation, and even diagnosis: all the equivalent of modern Universal Health Care (and who’d have thought that the Leviim were doctors?).  Who knew that even a house, as we’ll see next week, could be ill, and this before the idea of Sick Building Syndrome came about, huh?  Obviously, both the home and the person need health care, from the reading of this week’s parashah.  Interesting, no?

      This week, I am on break, so please imagine and comment here:   What could equity of responsibility and citizenry look like, if every person had proper health care, and everyone had a safe home? health_pictogram

  I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better.

-Shira   

 

     Parashat Shmini was last week…

Action Prompts:

    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please.   Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better

What would yours be, if you had time?

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Turkish Culture and (mental) Health Care

Watching Hakan: Muhafiz has been reminding me of things I saw, but didn’t really understand until some years later, when I worked in Turkey. This is an update of a post about one of those observations.

I was very surprised, when I lived in Izmir (aka Smyrna), to see how supportive Turkish women are of one another, even in cases that I found very surprising.

A coworker of ours, a young woman, was apparently rather heavily in debt, as she came crying into the office I shared with two colleagues, one originally from Istanbul, the other originally from Bulgaria, but of Turkish origin.  Both of them turned to our younger colleague, jumped out of their chairs, and ran to hug and comfort the woman, as I tried to understand what was happening, and whether a doctor was needed.  They explained that they had both heard earlier about her troubles, and that it was just something that needed talking out, and led her into a nearby empty classroom to sit down.

Within minutes, a dozen of our colleagues, all women, all lecturers of English, had pulled the chairs into a horse-shoe shape, with this young woman at the head of the U, tissue boxes at the ready, listening and commiserating with her as she cried and explained her problem of having too many credit card bills.  I excused myself to go to the ladies room, astounded, at the time (2005).  Now, in 2020, I look back and realize that this was essentially a cultural stand-in for mental health services.   Untrained, and not trauma-related, of course.  But it is something, still, a support system, which many people lack, especially in the United States.  Especially those who struggle with childhood traumas or PTSD.

Ten years later, looking back on that, I found myself pondering social isolation and mental health from a different perspective.  I found an article related to overcoming PTSD via new neural pathway creation, and wrote:

Bloody hell -so that’s how it works!!

While she doesn’t do any brain mapping herself, Chard says this altered biology makes sense based on the fact that, as children, we are only just beginning to conceptualize the world by organizing experiences into categories. She gives this analogy, which she uses with her clients: “You see a two-year-old run up to a dog and say, ‘Doggy!’ And then she sees a cat, and she doesn’t have a schema for cat yet, so she says ‘Doggy!’ Mom says ‘Kitty,’ but everything four legs and furry is doggy until the child develops more categories.

“And then I look at my clients and say, ‘Where’s the category for child abuse?’ When you’re five, there isn’t one. The brain doesn’t have a place to store that kind of event, so it ends up bouncing around—not stored well at all in terms of a past, processed event. So what we do in therapy is bring it up, process it, make neurotransmitter connections, make sense of it with a new schema, and put it away.”

from: http://www.research.uky.edu/odyssey/spring03/puttingaway.html

Ok; now I see why it is important to re-call the experiences rather than either try to forget, or plan B.  Thank nature that the brain is sufficiently flexible (I was diagnosed in 1994 with PTSD and still criticised by a partner in 2013 for looking around all the time and jumping when a bus went by, but I thought I was being discreet -at least I no longer have major panic attacks…)

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So, it turns out that social support can help, but with pre-verbal age traumas, talking can also help. So, yes, talking does help.  Interesting…

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Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different representatives you can write to about local health care services.

2.) Ask your reps how to increase mental health care services in your area.

3.) Share  with us in the comments, here  other ways that you feel our society could Do Better, please.

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Rebuttals, The USNS Comfort, and critical thinking for Health Care

The common good, or the general welfare, requires a willingness to dig beneath the surface for the full facts, in order to form a more perfect and inclusive union for all of us.

Someone who told me just this morning that NY City did not, in fact, have it’s hospital system overrun by Covid in the spring, missed a crucial fact.  When she asserted that the Mercy had 1100 beds, which went unused, and thus NY city’s hospital system did not collapse in March or April of this year, I replied that there must be more to the story than meets the eye.  She continued to insist that non-Covid deaths are being labeled as Covid for some nefarious reason, and that the hospital systems there and in LA are just fine, since someone she knew went to the hospital (in San Diego) two weeks ago, and reported seeing only three people waiting in the ER. 

So, I went looking into the news about the Mercy from this spring, and turned up reports from the NY Times about her sister ship, Mercy class USNS Comfort, stationed on the east coast, which was actually the ship, with 1000 beds, dispatched to NYC to help.  And it is true, very very few patients from NYC were treated aboard, but the reason was not lack of patients in NYC.  Turns out, the ship is not currently set up for infectious disease treatment, and her orders were to treat non-infected patients, of which there were very few in the city at the time.  The Comfort’s orders not to take Covid patients aboard meant that NY city’s hospitals were not able to put her beds to much use, since the vast majority of cases were Covid.

“Capt. Patrick Amersbach, the commanding officer of the medical personnel aboard the Comfort, said at a news conference that, for now, his orders were to accept only patients who had tested negative for the virus.”

That was not what NY city needed at the time, but it was all the Comfort was allowed to do.  Thus, as G’kar of Babylon 5 would say, the mystery is resolved, and my head no longer hurts.

  Only my heart.

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to the Mercy class ships Comfort and Mercy,

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you might have responded to the statement this morning, that hospitals were not overburdened, since the ship’s beds went unused,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses this argument, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

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Panda populations and healthcare averages

Day 66/67: Five Month GED, Pandas, Libraries, and Healthy Populations

The common good, or the general welfare, requires every Adult to understand the basics of statistics, as part of on-going self education (aka Adulting Education), to help our society become more fully inclusive for all of us.  The public library system can help.

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My personal good may also be enhanced if someone could please explain to me why so many people find pandas to be so cute.  The resident pandas at the National Zoo, in DC, were always so popular that they drew crowds, if I recall correctly.

 

To apply the concepts of mean, median and mode, as a review topic while those readers who may be using this series of posts begin final preparations for taking the 5 subject exams (or those subject exams which they have not yet taken, since the HiSET allows each of the subject tests to be taken at different times, which was most recommended when I taught Adult Education), we look at a fun topic: Pandas!

Since averages and populations always run toward health statistics, please take a spare moment, when you have time, to look up some health statistics in your area, if you will.

 

Today’s reading discusses  Panda populations

 Week 18/18
Day 66 lesson plan
Grammar: run on sentences
Math: Averages (Mean, Median and Mode)
Science: see the reading above and the Action Item questions below, please…
Please see the Lesson plan for Day 66’s Exit Tickets
(Day 65  … Day 67)

Action Items:  

1.) Who was this article written by, and for what audience, and how do we know that the author’s facts are correct?

2.) Please tell us where the information for today’s reading comes from, how you know that the sources are reliable, and who funded the initial (or first-hand source) data.

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Narrative and Prose Nonfiction,     

or  Holistic High School Lessons,

or Historical Fiction Serial Stories, including  Ann & Anna‘s escape…

 

Shira

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Day 60/67: Five Month GED, Constant Rate of Change Med. Reactions, and Health Care Science for Adults

We use health care related words every day, but do we see how those words are related to the mathematics and to the concepts that we must remember, or relearn, from our science basics?  Noting the relationships and patterns between various interacting concepts are important for every Adult in a republic, where we each have a responsibility to understand public health care issues, and to help protect one another.

Today’s reading starts looking at chemical reactions, and the concept of half-life of a reaction, which is a linear relationship to the starting point of the reaction:

“The half-life of a reaction, t1/2, is the amount of time needed for a reactant concentration to decrease by half compared to its initial concentration. Its application is used in chemistry and medicine to predict the concentration of a substance over time. The concepts of half life plays a key role in the administration of drugs into the target, especially in the elimination phase, where half life is used to determine how quickly a drug decrease in the target after it has been absorbed in the unit of time (sec, minute, day,etc.) or elimination rate constant ke (minute-1, hour-1, day-1,etc.). It is important to note that the half-life is varied between different type of reactions. The following section will go over different type of reaction, as well as how its half-life reaction are derived. …”

 

 Week 16/18
Day 60 lesson plan, Week 16
Grammar: Review of compound subjects and coordinating conjunctions
Math: Write an equation given two points
Health science: dose absorption and rate of change…
Please see the Lesson plan for Day 60’s Exit Tickets
(Day 59Day 61)

Actions:  

1.) Did you see a familiar graph on the reading page?

2.) Please tell us where the information for today’s reading comes from, how you know that the sources are reliable, and who funded them.

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Holistic High School Lessons,

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Day 55/67: Five Month GED, Linear Inequalities, and Health Care

So, why do you think that it may be important to understand linear inequalities   as they relate to Health Care, especially to health care outcomes for Black, Latino, and White Americans?

Today’s reading:

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) lead to large coverage gains, some groups remain at higher risk of being uninsured, lacking access to care, and experiencing worse health outcomes. For example, as of 2018, Hispanics are two and a half times more likely to be uninsured than Whites (19.0% vs. 7.5%) and individuals with incomes below poverty are four times as likely to lack coverage as those with incomes at 400% of the federal poverty level or above (17.3% vs. 4.3%).”

 Start of week 15/18
Day 55, Week 15
Writing -Continue working on your Cons (or finish Pros) paragraph
math: Graphing linear inequalities
Who is behind today’s Science reading?
Please see the Lesson plan for Day 55’s Exit Tickets
(Day 54Day 56)

Action Items:  

1.) Search for two different sources to learn about your local health department,

2.) Please tell us where your information comes from, and how you know that the sources you found are reliable,

3.)  Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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Narrative and Prose Nonfiction,     

Holistic High School Lessons,

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Day 48/67: Five Month GED, Science, Percentages, and Health

     How many of us remember why mono-cropping can be a problem, and how it could impact our health, and the health of generations to come?

Reading: “Growing the same crop on a field year after year can cause crop yields to decline as the soil becomes depleted and insect populations become firmly established. Crop rotation, or growing different crops in different years, is one way to avoid these problems. However, discovering the most effective rotation of a number of different crops is difficult, because there are so many possible orders in which to grow them and testing any given crop rotation takes several years.”

This might take some math, huh? 

For example, what might a percentage increase in one year be for a bunch of bugs that have made themselves snuggly at home in a potato field, versus the percentage increase of those bugs if that potato field were planted with soy beans next year, do you think? 

You might get some help on the mathematics for that in the lesson below…

 Middle of week 13/18
Day 48, Week 13
Grammar: Dangling modifiers
Math: Percent Increase
Where is mono-cropping still used today?
Day 48 Exit Ticket

Don’t forget to look up the history of some of your math topics, like Algebra…

(Day 47Day 49)

Action ItemsWhat Would You Do??

1.) Search for two different sources explaining what mono-cropping is,

2.) Does either source discuss Terminator Seeds, and what point of view does each source prefer?  Is there an obvious benefit that either source (or the authors or funders of the source article) has to gain from that point of view?

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your findings, and then, please tell us about it!  If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.  This lesson plan is part of my personal contribution to Project Do Better.

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