Still, Our Lives Gently Weeps

I look at you all see you all while your shopping
While my savings gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see your just whining
Still my savings gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
how to solve the pain
I don’t know how someone controlled you
they bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my life gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my life gently weeps

I don’t know how you were diverted
Leaders are diverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
no one alerted us, the poor, who has nothing

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While the poor still weeps
I look at you all
Still, our lives gently weeps

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December 11, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

“Neither a Democrat nor a Republican Endeavor, but a Noble Endeavor for all Americans”

Last night, I had a meeting with Organizing for America and helped with the phone bank, calling people across the nation about the importance of passing the healthcare reform bill in the senate. It was a fulfilling experience, a humble endeavor to make a difference. A few days ago, a U.S. senator noted that blending multiple healthcare reform amendments is not as easy as making a milk shake. In this light and while some of the elected leaders continue the hesitation to blend the healthcare reform amendments into one strong effective policy -CDC has developed and integrated the principles of program evaluation framework to achieve measurable health outcomes. The combined influence of CDC’s programs through collaboration will stimulate innovations toward collective improvement of community health, eventually improving the health index of the population, and through prevention-a healthy world as a whole. The ever complex process of passing a single U.S. healthcare policy that works, at least government organization like CDC has established a framework that make the complex transition in public health more efficient. The task of evaluating the effects of public health actions became more complex since the targets of public health actions have expanded beyond infectious diseases. It expanded to include chronic diseases, violence, emerging pathogens, threats of bioterrorism, and the social contexts that influence health disparities. Timely detection of the effects of public health actions is very important in order to enhance CDC’s ability to translate findings into practice. Clearer and more logical steps and standards will lead to the evolution of new and innovative program planning. Integrated information systems will amplify efficiency and success, supporting more systematic measurement. Information collected from evaluations will then be used more effectively to guide changes in public health strategies.

Uly Labilles
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December 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Points to Ponder. Leave a comment.

“While Our Leaders Tinkers On, Our Savings Gently Weep”

While our elected leaders tinker on the most important reform for America, we as the supposed beneficiaries should continue to work on initiatives that we could lean on in the event that part or the whole reformed health system goes to a nose dive. The fact that health is more closely related to income in developed societies, it is time to recognize the direct relationship of socio-economic inequality and population health. According to Richard Wilkinson, professor of social epidemiology “Poor social affiliations and low status carry high population attributable risks”. Wilkinson also noted that more unequal societies not only suffer more relative deprivation but tend to have lower rates of trust and of community involvement and more likely has poorer health conditions. “More unequal societies will be more differentiated by social rank into relations of dominance and subordination and less able to enjoy more egalitarian and inclusive relations consistent with higher social capital and less class and racial prejudice.” Income is recognized as a proxy for difference in social status in the United States than elsewhere in the global community. To improve the social dominance orientation scale, it is a must that we should do something to close the gap between the rich and the poor. The rise of cultural awareness on green and sustainable living, green entrepreneurship will help boost our crippled economy, giving new jobs in local and national level. More job creation means more jobs to everybody thereby improving the socio-economic status of the poor, giving them the capacity to have healthcare, and eventually improving our overall population status.

References

Richard Wilkinson, professor of social epidemiology, Income inequality and population health, Better measures of social differentiation and hierarchy are needed
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Marmot M, Wilkinson RG. Psychosocial and material pathways in the relation between income and health: a response to Lynch et al. BMJ. 2001;322:1233–1236. [PubMed]
Wilkinson RG. Mind the gap: hierarchies, health and human evolution. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 2000.
Sidanius J, Pratto F. Social dominance: an intergroup theory of social hierarchy and oppression. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 1999.

December 3, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.