Berwick Resignation Yet Another Partisan Barrier to Improving Health System

I have never met Dr. Donald Berwick. Dr. Berwick was the former interim head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), who resigned from the position on December 3rd because his nomination by President Obama to be the permanent head of CMS was blocked by the Senate Republicans. Dr. Berwick is a trained […]

Time Is Now To Plan Missouri and Kansas Insurance Exchanges

The American response to health reform has seemingly reached a “cooling off” period until the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionally of the individual mandate. This wait and see attitude is potentially very dangerous. The law requires most aspects to be implemented by 2014. It is very difficult to imagine that Missouri and Kansas will […]

Jeopardized Medicare Funding Will Negatively Impact Physician Workforce

As our nation moves rapidly toward a projected physician shortage of greater than 90,000 physicians by 2020, the natural solution would seem simple – accept and train more students in medical school. However, graduation from medical school is only the first half of the journey in becoming a physician. Graduate medical education (GME) and completion […]

Welcome Isabelle Marie

Last week was very special for our family. Our oldest daughter and her husband became the proud parents of their first child and our first grandchild. Isabelle Marie was born on 11/11/11 and joined our family. As a first time grandpa I realize my comments are not without bias, but Isabelle is simply amazing. She […]

Oral Health Budget Cuts Impact Health of All Kansans

On August 31 of this year Kyle Willis, a single dad and aspiring paralegal in Cincinnati, Ohio, died from an infection in his tooth that went to his brain. He did not have dental insurance, so when his toothache became severe, he sought relief in the emergency room. The doctors there could do nothing for […]

America Needs Job Creation, Not Wealth Creation

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC recently released a report that gives evidence that not only are the rich are getting richer, but the gap between the very rich and the rest of us is expanding more now than any time in our history. The upper 1% of the population saw its income […]

Shattered Illusions But Dreaming New Dreams

When I first came to public health, I felt like many of my young, idealistic peers. The public health system in the United States was on a path to eradicate cancer, prevent disease and improve lives. Our democracy would lead to a healthy population for all and I would be part of securing a healthy […]

Former Kansas Governors Define Leadership

The Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita, Ks. (funded by the Kansas Health Foundation) fosters civic leadership. Its initiatives are designed to inspire, educate and connect Kansans from all areas of civic life, including business, government and nonprofit organizations. Periodically they publish “The Journal” which includes interesting stories about leadership issues and often they tell the […]

Interrupting Crime in Kansas City

Last week, I saw the documentary “The Interrupters” at the Tivoli Cinema. It was one of the most thought provoking movies I have seen in my life. The movie is about an evidence based violence prevention program in Chicago called CeaseFire. Throughout this moving story, my mind would wander to the similar concerns we have […]

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