Alaska Governor Bill Walker has declared a public health crisis in order to combat the state’s opioid epidemic. The disaster declaration establishes a statewide Overdose Response Program and enables wide distribution of the life-saving drug naloxone, or Narcan. “This disaster...

Repeal & Replace

A year ago, Dave Schumann, a farmer living just outside of Wellman, Iowa, a town of 1,400, noticed that his health insurance premiums had doubled. Schumann, age 58, was paying around $800 monthly to get coverage for himself and...

Quality of Life

Community Development Initiatives (CDI) at Angelo State University was privileged during 2015 to lead an important yearlong study of regional health needs. CDI conducted the Survey of Health and Behavioral Health Needs of the Poor & Extremely Poor in...
Each year, millions of Americans miss or delay preventive medical care due to their inability to access transportation services. That is where companies like Liberty Mobility Now step in. Liberty is a transportation technology company designed to provide mobility as...
Point of care ultrasound

Ultrasound 2.0

Recently, I gave a capstone speech for the 4th World Congress on Ultrasound. It was one of the most interesting conferences that I have attended in a very long time. For most people, ultrasound is another of the miracle...

The MACRA Effect

As the United States is shifting to a value-based care model, “MACRA” has become a popular buzzword among healthcare providers this last year. MACRA, which stands for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, is a historic Medicare reform...
A friend from South Africa once told me, “When you travel to a strange place, where you first arrive will always feel like home.” He had sensed that Kenya was a deeply personal place for me, like another home. Since...
Community Health Workers (CHW), also known throughout the state of Texas as Promotor(as), have been around for decades, and the value they bring to diverse programs has been documented extensively. Some community health workers are men, but most are...

Fact or Fiction?

You’ll catch a cold if you go out in the cold weather unprotected. . . Cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis. . . Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be contracted from toilet seats. . . Performing a biopsy or...

Teenage Angst

I was one of those kids raised in a large school. My graduating class was more than 600 students. Nobody knew me and I did not have any close friends. School was a place that I went to at...
I’m being honest, I didn’t always hold a high opinion of “rural americans.” I was raised in the city, proud and privileged. I thought most rural folks were, well, backward. Over time, my feelings have changed. I would now...