We can file this entry under “miscellaneous public health,” but I think it’s rather fitting to include these op-ed pieces from time to time.
Of course, we speak and write about the social determinants of public health all the time. It’s probably why we went into the field in the first place. We understand that well-being is highly influenced by many factors; upstream social determinants toward the top of the pile in that list.
But what can we realistically do about our health care system and the cracks where people fall? David Bornstein from the New York Times recently wrote this piece on a volunteer-run community health worker program piloted on the east coast with potential application all over the country.