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World AIDS Day 2010: Victory and voice

James was a man of small stature, but with much pizazz.  He would come into the record store where I worked during undergrad to check the billboard charts once a week and purchase a few records here and there.  He became my friend somewhere through mid to late nineties contemporary rhythm and blues.  He had […]

Like many New Yorkers did this summer, I boarded a Hampton Jitney from the east side of Manhattan in late August and made my way to the finger tips of Long Island.  Instead of landing on the beach, however, I found myself in the crowded office of a small community-based organization bursting with children and […]

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What do people who work (or who have worked) for the Indian Health Service, think about the Indian Health Service? This is an important question when looking at any organization. Do the health care professionals see themselves as working for a great team? Are they employed by a government agency that’s too stingy with the […]

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Congress passed the health care reform legislation – and President Barack Obama signed the bill into law. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act was included – and now we can put this debate to rest. Right? Actually no. There are many more debates about health care reform to come – probably for years – and […]

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The recently passed health care reform bill, formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will do much to support the health of people of color, not least through its expansion of Medicaid coverage to the near-poor and to childless adults mostly excluded from coverage previously. Businesses with more than 50 employees will […]

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Every once in awhile, history sneaks up on us. In movements past, the sting of injustice couldn’t be clearer. Bold acts of violence interspersed within wide-ranging systems of injustice, made the steady march towards civil rights an obvious moral imperative in need of correction. Yet, somehow, the invisibility of human suffering replicated in the lives […]

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Transparency as a tool for reform

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Paul Levy’s Running A Hospital “is a blog started by a CEO of a large Boston hospital to share thoughts about hospitals, medicine, and health care issues.” The postings started as a lark. But when the president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center writes openly that sends a message that filters down throughout […]

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I started my exploration of health care reform in July. “The federal government accepts a double standard: Any discussion about rationing – or government care – is off the table unless you’re a member of an American Indian tribe or Alaskan Native community with a sort of pre-paid insurance program (many treaties, executive orders and […]

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