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Dr. Yanique Redwood

Game Changer: The Blog of the Consumer Health Foundation

A blog dedicated to ideas, public policies, and the work of our non-profit partners that are game changing.

— by Dr. Yanique Redwood, President and CEO

Enough Said, and a Few Caveats

29 April 2015

After reading Baltimore Orioles’ COO John Angelos’ Twitter responses to a critique of the demonstrations in Baltimore, I thought to myself, “Enough said.” As I pondered what I might write regarding the conditions that created the response we have seen to Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody, I was in such agreement with Angelos that I decided to use his comments as a springboard for this blog post. However, while I mostly agree, I do have some points that I would make to further shape his argument.

How Much Do Unmet Needs Cost Health Care? Connecting the Dots

1 April 2015

By Rajiv Bhatia

According to a recent national survey, 85% of primary care doctors say that unmet needs for food, housing, employment, and transportation contribute to poor health for their patients. These doctors recognize that they lack the time, tools, and resources to support all of their patients’ health needs and want health care systems to do more. Sadly, few health care systems measure unmet needs as risk factors in the populations they serve or take steps to address these needs.

Black Lives Matter

9 February 2015

I have been sitting on the sidelines of the debate about whether #blacklivesmatter or #alllivesmatter.  Whenever there is a discussion that requires me or anyone else to defend the humanity of black people, I refuse to participate. Do black people really want to work or not? Can black people achieve academically or not? Do our lives matter or not? Just the question alone leads me to believe that there is some doubt on both sides of the debate. Why should I have to prove my humanity? So, I simply refuse to participate in that line of questioning. And, I won’t make arguments for or against.

Facing Race

17 November 2014

I just returned from Facing Race, the largest conference in the United States that joins together people working towards racial justice and its intersections with other identities such as gender, sexuality, immigration status, and disability. I can’t imagine another place where I might discuss with a white man how the natural hair movement affirms my identity as an African-American woman and he refer me to Linda Jones, a colleague of his and founder of A Nappy Hair Affair, a website that was promoting natural hair when it wasn’t en vogue. Where else would I get the opportunity to then thank her in person for helping to start a movement that has been critical to the formation of my and my daughter’s identities in ways that she cannot fully comprehend? There were countless special moments like these and key takeaways that I think are worth sharing:

Work and Health

15 August 2014

I am grateful to have met Bruno Avila. He is a restaurant worker who recently visited with members of our Board of Trustees to share reflections on the link between health and the low-wage work environment. Sitting around a conference room table, wearing headsets to ensure our understanding of Mr. Avila’s story as he speaks Spanish, we listened as he started with wage theft and the heavy toll it exacted on his family.

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