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By Tim Schwantes on January 28th, 2015

It is 2015. “Back to the Future II” predicts we’ll have flying cars, self-lacing shoes and hoverboards by the end of the year. Flying cars and hoverboards do have working prototypes, but they won’t be impacting healthy communities work any time soon, and it doesn’t take a futurist to predict what local leaders should anticipate […]

How Will the Millennial Perspective Change our Work?

By Mary Beth Powell on January 21st, 2015

“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” – Bill Gates Before my 21-year-old daughter headed back to school last week for her final semester of college, we had an insightful conversation about her career and life plans when […]

Connecting Health Care and Community Prevention Could Restore Our Nation’s Health

By Rich Bell on January 14th, 2015

Izmira Palomares of Little River Medical Center describes the role of a community health worker. The public institutions we’ve long relied on are outmoded and ill equipped to solve today’s financial, demographic and structural challenges. At least, that’s how Americans of all ages have begun to feel. Some harken back to times when families and neighbors […]

New Year, New Word

By Sarah Strunk on January 7th, 2015

Mahalo. It’s a Hawaiian term that communicates thanks, gratitude, admiration, praise, esteem, regards or respects. Visitors to the islands quickly see how ubiquitous, yet authentic, this expression is and how easily it permeates one’s soul. Not surprisingly, then, spending nearly two weeks in the Aloha State over the holidays gave me a unique opportunity to […]