The Families & Health Blog is 3 years old this month! And unlike a normal 3 year old, we can actually reminisce about the last year.
There have been many excellent blog posts this past year. A big thanks to all of our writers who generously contribute their time and energy to promoting topics related to families and health care.
Take a moment this holiday break to re-read or read for the first time some excellent posts from the last twelve months.
If you or someone you know is wrestling with mixed emotions following the loss of a loved one, read Barry Jacobs' post Wooden Box. His story offers a poignant example of the complexity of loss.
According to Suzanne Mintz, the words we use in health care matter! Her insight and passion are captivating.
Do you work with couples facing chronic or terminal illness? Read this terrific interview of Evan Imber-Black, who carries a wealth of wisdom and experience for struggling couples (and therapists).
We had excellent posts from some of our first time writers. Noah Gagner wrote about his early experiences as a therapist in training. Wendy Wray provided some excellent information about the growing field of neurobiology. Ruth Nutting made the case for promoting collaborative care to address the health disparities in society. Katie Rootes and Ariel Jones made a persuasive argument for developing cultural attunement in collaborative care work.
There were also a few pieces specifically targeted toward family-centered care. Read these for some excellent ideas on how to better involve family members in patient care. Leatrice Sherer wrote a fantastic success story in which she worked with the medical team and a care manager to help a Hmong family. Kaitlin Leckie effectively argues for taking integrated care to the next level with more family involvement. Finally, Irina Kolobova and Jennifer Hodgson offered some expert technical assistance on how to actually involve family members in patient care.
All of the pieces written for Families & Health represent the passion and ingenuity of individuals who care about this work. Stay tuned for more great topics and posts this coming year!