As I like to say, if I can walk to it, I’ll do it. And if it involves the future, I’m definitely doing it.
This week’s photograph was taken at the House of Herrera (@HouseofHerrera), more specifically CH Carolina Herrera, in Washington, DC USA (of course). It features Consuella Lopez (@ConsuellaLopez) and the management and staff, who hosted a preview of the Fall-Winter 2017 collection, as well as a celebration of our community leaders.
Eventually we got to meet and I have learned so much and grown tremendously as a doctor, a human, a resident of the most inclusive city in the world since then. I wish these experiences on every nurse and doctor, to help them perform their best for all of the people they serve.
I am still learning a ton every day, which is what I hoped would happen when I came here.
While in San Diego for a Continuing Medical Education course (more on that later), I was fortunate enough to get a personal tour of the brand new Kaiser Permanente San Diego (@KPSanDiego) Medical Center, by its Area Medical Director, Michael Lalich, MD (@KPlalich) and team, including Tana Lorah (@KP_Tana).
Sidney Garfield’s Descendants Focus on Health, not on Buildings
It’s worth noting, as I posted on this blog previously, that our physician founder, Sidney Garfield, MD, cited “adequate facilities” as only one part of the genetic code of Kaiser Permanente’s success. And true to these values, when I asked Mike and his team what was next, he/they spoke about all of the things they were doing outside of the hospital that produce health for our members. It’s a very different point of view than fee for service medicine, where much of the revenue derives from the hospital. Here, the hospital provides value, rather than revenue, in the way it is utilized.
s/he (a family medicine specialists) will be a specialist by inclusion – in contrast to the classical clinical specialist who specializes by excluding. His aim is to broaden his concern, to widen his skill; he seeks to accept responsibility; not merely to pass it along. He utilizes specialists, rather than surrendering to them. (Wilson, 1969)
The people who build medical centers are specialists of inclusion – of all the time, place, and spaces where members achieve their life goals through optimal health.
When you walk towards the museum, you’re greeted with light posts that show how much the world has learned to love better, and also how much farther it will need to go. I’m sure that 50 years ago a person could be arrested in this park for seeking the company of someone of the same sex. Now, it’s the law of the land that they must be able to live happily ever after.
Best All Gender Restroom implementation I have ever seen
This week’s photograph is from the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl, in Washington, DC USA (of course), where a beautiful new mural has replaced the one that featured Bill Cosby. The new mural was created by the same artist, Washington, DC’s Aniekan Udofia (@AniekanReloaded) who tells beautiful stories about Washington all over our city. You can read more about the mural here: Meet Aniekan Udofia, The Artist Behind The Ben’s Chili Bowl Mural: DCist.
I especially love the depiction of Eleanor Holmes Norton draped in the Washington, DC Flag.
This week’s photograph was taken in the Trinidad Neighborhood in Washington, DC USA (of course), and shows a view of the NoMA (@NoMABid) neighborhood in the backround, where the cranes are.
As the article linked to above, this part of our nation’s capital has been undergoing tremendous change (like the rest of the city), and in this analysis from the D.C. Policy Center (@DCPolicyCenter), Washington, DC is the only part of the metro region that is experiencing net positive migration. Surrounding counties’ migration is plummeting.
This is the third Werk for Peace event that I’ve attended and I so admire the leadership, courage, and creativity I see here, for the most pressing issues of our time. As courageous and innovative I have seen among people who have 100 times the resources, which makes sense, because innovation always happens in the out of the way places.
Note also the LGBTQ visibility and TransVisibility that this group brings to our nation’s capital. We know that the drive to be visible and live in one’s identity is one of the most powerful in human existence, so powerful that when taken away people may lose the will to live altogether. From that perspective, a dance party like this saves lives, too.
What We’re Here For
Each event I have attended begins with a ritual, a moment of silence for those who were lost to murder (Pulse Nightclub and countless other violent acts), or in this case, neglect, of the health care system, which has probably resulted in more death than many Pulse nightclub massacres.