Trauma Informed Care

June 25, 2018

Current events are bringing awareness to trauma and its lasting effects on the mind and body.  But few are talking about the implications this has for trauma survivors in seeking care and the lack of trauma informed care in medicine.

Trauma Informed Care: when every part of a service is assessed and potentially modified to include an understanding of the emotional issues, expectations, and special needs that a trauma survivor may have in a healthcare setting.[1],[2]

Trauma informed care needs to be a central aspect of these discussions as trauma lasts a lifetime but few health care providers are well trained in the trauma-informed care approaches. This means that many with a history of trauma – which can include medical trauma, domestic violence, childhood abuse, sexual assault, and more – can face retraumitization when seeking care. Unfortunately, this population often needs more care as trauma brings chronic physical and psychological illnesses or to address injuries caused by trauma (even long after the traumatic incident).

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Healthcare Does Not Have a Problem With Silos

August 3, 2017

Healthcare does not have a problem with silos.

In fact, there are no silos in healthcare; there are only boundaries.

If we truly want to change healthcare, we need to break boundaries.

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Housing is a Human Right

July 30, 2017

A year ago, through the kindness of a friend, I finally got a home.  I moved into a one-bedroom apartment with my cats in a quiet neighborhood after a year of homelessness.  And in this year, I have been able to heal and find myself again.

We talk about social determinants of health, but I think few people really understand how impactful they truly are, particularly housing.

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Rights

January 29, 2017

This blog has never been wonderfully defined.  It is “Health as a Human Right” because I knew when I started writing that human rights, especially the right to health is a passion of mine.  I wasn’t sure exactly where I wanted it to go and started by talking about current events or issues in healthcare and policy.  It has over the years come to include more of my personal experiences fighting physical and mental health illnesses.  And now I’m expanding the scope once again, to include all rights.

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Forming Nebular Health Tech in Austin

March 22, 2013

I want to repost this post from the new Nebular Health Tech group founded today in Austin, TX.  As you can tell from this blog, Health IT is incredibly important to me as a human rights advocate, an ePatient, a lawyer, and an activist.

Here is the story about forming Nebular Health Tech in Austin:

While other posts may be more innovation news oriented (guest posts welcome!), I wanted to start with a post about the formation of Nebular Health Tech – what this group is about, who we are, what we’ll do, how we can make a difference in health and healthcare.

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Help the Homeless

January 6, 2012

We are all one step away from  homelessness.  The security we have in our jobs, homes, and family can disappear in the blink of an eye.  Homelessness does not just happen to those who made “bad” choices in their lives, people on drugs or convicts.  Homelessness can happen to those who lose their jobs or affected by natural disasters.  Homelessness affects those with mental illness who cannot find the services they need.  Homelessness affects those leaving abusive situations.  Homelessness affects our children who are neglected or rejected because of their sexual orientation.  Homelessness affects those who served our country and fought for our freedoms.

The homeless are our neighbors, our peers, our friends forgotten.  The homeless are us. 

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Understanding Diabetes – Dispelling Myths and Decreasing Stigma

December 18, 2011

A friend sent me this picture:

 

And then commented “that’s just sad – fight type 1 [diabetes] by getting type 2 [diabetes]”

Yet again I realize how uneducated so many are about diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2. (note: I am not discussing gestational diabetes in this post)  Not only uneducated, but misinformed.  Unfortunately, this comes with a huge stigma for those who have either type. Many people think diabetes is all about obesity, and eating sugar, and a laxidasical lifestyle. So when you say “I have diabetes,”almost immediately people start to judge – assuming the person is unhealthy, that the reason they got the disease was their own fault.

Hopefully, today’s post will help a few people understand what diabetes is and dispel some myths.

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