Takeaways from Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) Annual Meeting & Expo, Worcester, MA November 29, 2017

picture taken at DCU Center, Worcester, MA Can Health Care Treat Inequity? – Organizing for a Health System that Tackles Social Determinants https://mapublichealth.org/upcoming-events/ 1. (Highlight) Intersection between health and health care. [Addressed by Jessica Collins, MPHA Board President] 2. Place matters. Zip code indicates the quality of lives based on income level, access to grocery, … Continue reading Takeaways from Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) Annual Meeting & Expo, Worcester, MA November 29, 2017

Health Literacy Synthesis

What is the relationship between communication, the physician/patient relationship, shared decision making and health literacy? picture taken at backyard, Amherst, MA8/6/2017 10:20 AM Effective communication in a clinical context contributes to health literacy. Healthcare decisions are the result of health literacy, which is the process of choosing between courses of action from interpretation to evaluating … Continue reading Health Literacy Synthesis

Leadership

picture taken at home in Amherst, MA The art of leadership is always rooted in community. It embodies by walking (and serving) in unison with the less privileged, discouraged, and marginalized individuals. It is necessary to hold the most vulnerable people accountable, uplift or even allow themselves to transcend their own self-worth and perceived barriers. … Continue reading Leadership

Notes and Reflections from Humanizing the Food Systems Conference, Baltimore, MD November 9-11, 2017

picture taken at Lord Baltimore Hotel, MD, USA 2017 What makes food good in addition to affordability, ingredients, flavors, tastes, freshness,locality and labor, is the trusting relationship, which including the process of ‘knowing’ ourselves and how we relate to others towards the common good and shared goals. I was intrigued by the theme of this … Continue reading Notes and Reflections from Humanizing the Food Systems Conference, Baltimore, MD November 9-11, 2017

The Ultimate Competition

The ultimate competition is self-transcending. And the ultimate winning is mutual complementarity. picture taken at Pratt Field, Amherst College, MA I run in track all my life. I started to run for competition since in elementary school. At that time I enjoyed running, especially with a group of my peers. We ran collectively and accountably. … Continue reading The Ultimate Competition

A Door to Possibilities

I am so grateful for living in a Dream place where I could create its own unique characters & Call it a Home Vision, perspective, efficacy, perception, focus, ability to pivot these importantfeatures, as well as consciousness, are the catalysts of being open-heart, growing resilience and harvesting real joyfulness. photo by Rose @home, Amherst, MA11/18/2017 … Continue reading A Door to Possibilities

Identity? Ego? Happiness?

   picture taken at Norwottuck Rail Trail, Northampton, MA 2017 Today I felt enlightened after chat with Tahn Pamutto, a Theravadin Buddhist monk who wandered freely throughout the countryside. I saw him in October with a group of Amherst students on our way to Temple Forest Monastery. At that time, he was wandering in Jaffrey in … Continue reading Identity? Ego? Happiness?

Respond to Sebastian Junger‘s “when we feel we are needed, we are safe”

I think sometimes that it is easy to recognize we we are in need of help. However, it is not so easy to take bold steps towards reaching out or just making a little efforts to change our own attitudes, minds and beliefs. Instead of blaming and condemning our counterparts or external influences, looking inward … Continue reading Respond to Sebastian Junger‘s “when we feel we are needed, we are safe”