Art imitiating life

I am at a lost for words to describe how it feels to hear the decision of juries for the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases. Hurt, anger, fear, shame, sadness, indifference and grief all at the same time. This is some traumatic kind of living. “For his part, director Spike Lee took the video… Continue reading

A Nudge in the Right Direction

A few days ago, a colleague shared Katrin Bennhold’s NYTimes article, Britain’s Ministry of Nudges, with me. In it, Bennhold shows how Britain is using American behavioral science experiments to improve public policy, reduce unemployment, and increase tax revenue. I laughed. While I am thrilled about this reinvention of government services, the ethics of such… Continue reading

Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations in NJ for the Win

 Source: Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger When I read Dan Goldberg’s article, New Jersey hospitals reach out to patients to reduce ER visits, I did a happy dance. In the midst of all the bad press that the Affordable Care Act implementation has been getting, this piece offers a glimmer of hope. It’s such a well-written article showing how doctors… Continue reading

Well, of course walkable cities are better than the suburbs

Jeff Spek, tells us why designing a city for walkers rather than cars makes it a nicer place to live. We probably didn’t need a TED talk to tell us that, but Jeff uses data and pictures to explain it, so you should watch it anyway. Then, you might want to befriend your local city… Continue reading

Guest Post: It’s a Noisy Planet

Everyday we are bombarded with sounds and noises, but how often do we think what this exposure could cause permanent hearing loss? Because of this, the National Institute of National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the issue.… Continue reading

So, the Supreme Court Rules Affordable Care Act is Constitutional. Does it matter?

Yesterday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Since the Affordable Care Act was introduced  in 2010, there has been debate as to whether access to healthcare and health insurance is a privilege or a right that can be enforced by the constitution. So, I was surprised to see the… Continue reading

I’m Not Lovin’ It: McDonald’s New York Metro Nutrition Network

Whenever I see a headline with McDonald’s as the subject I have to read it. At first I thought the article would be another exposé about the company’s questionable food selections, but I was mistaken. Instead the article, McDonald’s Will Help Teach Nutrition, highlighted the New York Metro Nutrition Network that was recently established. Have you… Continue reading