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  • Sue Xiao

    This is a thoughtful and creative use of multimedia sources to paint the larger picture of health in the context of society. As a college pre-medical student, I am trying to get students around me to think in this way as well; the next generation of health care professionals should be well-prepared to understand and address, with the help of other sectors of society, the factors in their patients' lives that brought them into the clinic. For if we don't, what are we really doing except procrastinating?

  • natalie molta

    Good post but please include girls and women in this thought....."When our boys and men of color are prevented from being healthy, safe, and ready to learn, it costs us big time." the judgement and barriers apply to men AND women of color

    • Jackie Ramirez

      Good point Natalie. I had implied it but I'm glad you brought it up.

  • Josh Steinmetz

    Power to the Social Workers of the world!!! Great article and images!!! Empower the people! This is the number one contribution of the Social Work field...

  • laurentaylor16

    Spot on! In case you, Su, or your readers might be interested in more on this point - new book called The American Health Care Paradox zeroes in on the idea pretty precisely. For those who may be interested in wrapping our brains around some pretty incredible data about the influence of environment and behavior on health - could be an interesting resource!

  • Jackie Ramirez

    Very awe-inspiring post Su. I completely agree. Just like media can be a weapon to attack self-esteem in youth it can also be used as an instrument of change as specified by the second video. These images and videos help us understand the many factors that influence our health and the health of our communities. Definitely an eye-opener to the environmental predispositions that harm our health.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Amazing post. My mentor worked with Newsome on Missrepresentation. I am particularly struck by the photos at the top. So many people don't realize that we are able to eat local or organic food bec of undocumented workers.