You may wonder why so many current health articles mention the necessity to keep a track of your blood sugar levels and to get yourself checked up for something like diabetes in the first place. Quentin Young ’48 MD was an eloquent and persistent voice and advocate for social justice in U.S. health care from the time he entered medicine more than 70 years ago until his last breath recently at age 92. He lived at least five lives in one, always in defense of health care as a human right.
Paul Farmer, a physician and anthropologist, is the Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University; chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and co-founder of Partners in Health.
When you care about someone enough to switch off your phone and really connect face to face, you’re engaging in a process that rebalances the nervous system and puts the brakes on defensive stress responses like fight or flight.” And if you share a laugh as well, you’ll both feel happier, more positive, and more relaxed—even if you’re unable to alter the stressful situation itself.
While I have always been interested in improving the law—and signed 19 bills that do just that—my administration has spent considerable time in the last several years opposing more than 60 attempts to repeal parts or all of the ACA, time that could have been better spent working to improve our health care system and economy.
At Harlem Hospital Center, for example, an electronic medical record automatically refers all patients with an elevated body mass index—an indicator of obesity—to Health Leads for help in accessing healthy food, exercise programs, and other resources.