How We Can Address Social Determinants of Health

How We Can Address Social Determinants of Health

She was a shut-in admitted to the telemetry unit. This was the latest of several readmissions that year, and we suspected that she could not afford the co-pays for her medication. When I inquired if she needed medication assistance, she admitted to not taking the...
How Conflict Can Be a Positive Agent of Change

How Conflict Can Be a Positive Agent of Change

Conflict is a natural part of being in a community. It cannot be avoided or controlled by anyone, but it can be an agent of change. When you approach conflict from a defensive posture, it can escalate the situation to where a third party is needed to help resolve the...
Is Disagreeing Agreeably on Facebook Possible?

Is Disagreeing Agreeably on Facebook Possible?

I created a private Facebook group nearly two years ago that focused on constructive dialogue. The dream for the group – Disagreeing Agreeably Is an Art – was to create a platform on Facebook that would encourage people from the entire spectrum of philosophical...
It Takes a Community

It Takes a Community

Hillary Clinton wrote a book in 1996 titled, It Takes a Village, where she shared her vision to make our society into the kind of village that enables children to become smart, able, resilient adults. Mrs. Clinton believes that how children develop and what they need...
Recapturing the Lost Art of Civil Discourse

Recapturing the Lost Art of Civil Discourse

It seems as if everyone is mourning the death of civil discourse these days. Last spring, distressed by a cultural inability to have productive and meaningful conversations, four friends and I pitched an idea for a new student organization at Baylor University, which...