Embracing the Border

Wow. It’s been a whirlwind of an adventure since I last reflected on this trip, but that was before I even arrived. We’ve been in South Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, for 4 days now and it has been an eye opening experience: through both a public health and humane lens. I’ve been working…

Mid-Summer Epi Character Tome

Even though I’ve only ever created one character for a Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, I tend to make daily use of the phrase “leveling up.” Sometimes it’s a sarcastic remark utter in referring to another person – when the (now ex-) Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro headed an official apology to former comfort women, I…

Food, Food, and More Food!

I landed in Mississippi and the first item of business…FOOD. This was only natural since I had just finished traveling for 6 hours, but, little did I know, my week in the Gulf coast was going to be driven by food. I began my Mississippi adventure knowing that authentic southern food was on my “To-Do” list. To be honest, I didn’t…

The Homeless World Tour

I recently went on a ‘Homeless in Flint’ tour. It was life changing. I’ve decided to tell the story using quotes from our tour guide. His name is Bill. Scene. “Darn-it, there’s people living there! Right there! All along the riverbed” According to Bill (Supervisor of Community Housing for Genesee Health System (GHS)), out of…

Law & Order: SFU (Special Flint Unit)

It’s been nearly 2 months interning here at Genesee Health Systems (GHS) as a Data Analyst for the Patient Registry project/Health Happens Here campaign, and in my brief 2 months of GHS life—I think I have accidentally…quite possibly…inadvertently…stumbled upon the solution, the answer and THE golden ticket to fix the entire United States criminal justice…