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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

The Danger of a Single Story

18 March 2014

In a previous blog, I recounted a conversation on a recent flight concerning the Foundation’s interest in investing in low-income communities of color. This resulted in my seatmate expressing immediate concern about crime. In response to that blog, I received a generally supportive comment from a reader who pointed out that crime should be a legitimate issue of concern. I agreed with her but offered a counterpoint: Crime is not the only story, nor do I believe it is the primary one.

Short Cuts

4 March 2014

I sat next to a nice enough man on a recent flight. He described himself as former military, a hunter, a farmer, a father of three, and a hockey and lacrosse fan. He is also white. I honestly didn’t think that we have anything in common, but I ventured into a conversation with him because I was curious about his farming background. CHF is working with other foundation on two farm-related/economic development intiatives, and I thought I could learn something from his experience.

Continuity and Change

20 December 2013

It’s been some time since I have written a blog post, and it’s primarily due to the fact that I have been diligently working with our Board of Trustees and staff to wrap up our strategic planning process. We began this journey last year to answer some important questions about the Foundation’s future. I am happy to report that with the help of Foundation colleagues,  grantee partners, community members and others engaged in our work, we have created a strategic plan for the next three years that embodies both continuity and change.

October 1, 2013

23 September 2013

October 1, 2013 is the date when enrollment begins for millions of uninsured persons who now have a chance to secure health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The law mandates that health insurance offered through the health insurance marketplace offer 10 essential benefits, but there is one that seems especially important in light of the recent Navy Yard shooting where 12 people were shot and killed by Aaron Alexis. This essential benefit is mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment such as counseling and psychotherapy. Every private health insurance plan offered in the insurance marketplace must cover these services.

A Place to Live

3 September 2013

Last week I participated in the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and now have renewed energy to continue marching for justice. There is so much work to do in order to achieve a truly equitable society where outcomes (good or bad) cannot be predicted by one’s race. The events of this past week remind me of my recent efforts to find a place to live and the question that eased into my consciousness as my husband and I set out to find a new home: Would we experience discrimination in 2013 based on our race?

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