Change, Communication, Health, Role of information

Where are the promised COVID-19 Public Health Education Ads? (PSAs)

Press release on WhiteHouse.gov website Have you seen the television ad featuring celebrities encouraging you to social distance? What about the Facebook ad featuring prominent Republicans and Democrats encouraging mask use? Of course you haven’t seen them because six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring a coordinated, comprehensive prevention message are… Continue reading Where are the promised COVID-19 Public Health Education Ads? (PSAs)

Health, Health policy, Role of information

Why are medical care guidelines kept behind journal paywalls?

Think you and your doctor can access the latest expert knowledge about your medical condition?  Think again. Imagine you have cancer and receive chemotherapy. You develop a complication--a life-threatening blood clot, the second leading cause of death in cancer patients after the cancer itself. You’re frightened. What should your doctor do to save your life?… Continue reading Why are medical care guidelines kept behind journal paywalls?

Blood Clots, Health policy, Role of information

Fishing for patient plaintiffs

My caller id revealed I received numerous calls in the past few weeks from multiple phone numbers and area codes, but all with the same name of "Xarelto Claims".  Of course, I knew from the start this had to be one of those 'Have you been harmed?' law firms but as a patient advocate, I… Continue reading Fishing for patient plaintiffs

Blogging, Change, North Carolina, Politics, Role of information, Work

Where are the female opinion writers?

I like to read opinion columnists.  I find that by reading a diversity of viewpoints, it helps refine my own.  After all, if you are only exposed to people who think like you, you'll never get a full picture of the issues.  Diverse voices leads to more robust outcomes. That is why I'm so disturbed… Continue reading Where are the female opinion writers?