Holistic Herbalism for Health Justice

Holistic Herbalism for Health Justice

Since leaving my residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology, I have been researching ways to improve the dominant health care system in the United States. I've come to understand that it's necessary to create a better, parallel system that can support health by addressing the colonial roots of sickness. I grew up in a largely white, middle-class, suburban community on Long Island, so training at Downstate was a welcomed experience of checking my own privilege, power, and biases. It was there then I learned to see that wealth and health are not random, and neither are poverty or sickness. Race and gender matter, as does imperialist and capitalist history.

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Liberty and Justice for All, but Really

Liberty and Justice for All, but Really

More affordable health care would benefit all Americans, but it is misleading to imply that cheaper insurance means healthier lives. The ACA provides concrete benefits and there are opportunities for even greater improvement. For example, it it has been difficult to incentivize young, healthy enrollees to balance the more expensive enrollees. Additionally, there are still millions of undocumented people in this country that need access to basic medical needs, which are not covered under the ACA. 

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