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Identity and the Inauguration

The transfer of power from President Obama to President Trump today has made me reflect on my different identities.  As a cis woman and feminist, my heart is heavy as the biggest glass ceiling in our country remains intact. The promise of a Cabinet with half of the seats filled by

The Privilege of a Snow Day

It is a mix of snow and sleet paired with freezing temperatures...in the South. Our world is shut down. It is lovely. It is Saturday and we suddenly have a weekend without obligations.   An excuse to stay in sweats, work on small projects, actually talk to family, stay up late watching

Let us continue to do the good work

This seismic election has left our nation on a spectrum of emotions ranging from anger to jubilation and everywhere in-between. No matter where you might personally fall on the spectrum, let us continue to do the work that this coalition has set out to do together because you matter and

Plans, Interrupted

I spend a good portion of my professional life educating health professionals about “reproductive life planning,” or, basically, helping someone articulate whether or not they want any (or any more) kids and the steps they need to take to achieve their desired number of children. As a recurrent miscarrier –

Optimism with a Twist

I am a die-hard optimist. I am not only a "glass half full" kind of gal, I am a "glass is half full with half the calories OR I'm already partially hydrated". I have always had a sunny outlook on life - to the point of being referred to as Pollyanna

Reflection

It is time for white people to wake up from “the Dream,” recognize the pain our privilege causes, and begin to make amends. Tweet There has been so much said on social media since the seven murders last week and now today. Some powerful words have been shared. Some people have remained

Mental Health – Let’s Raise Awareness & Eliminate Stigma

Throughout the country governors, mayors, and even the president are issuing proclamations recognizing May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. But raising awareness about mental health and connecting people to service needs to happen year round. For me, as the Communications Specialist at NAMI North Carolina (The National Alliance on Mental Illness),

Intervention or Prevention?

In my eyes as a Public Health MD, there is a fundamental difference between prevention and intervention.   I practice prevention if I proactively address an outcome that has been experienced by some, and I make a concerted effort to trace that condition up stream and work to find opportunities for

Who Makes the Decision

Mother’s Day gives us the chance to reflect on our mother, the women who have been our mentors, and the mothers around us.  Motherhood is a messy, crazy, amazing, life-altering, life-long journey.  It is not for the faint hearted! Before my first child was born I couldn’t have imagined that

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