Fighting Hunger in Our Neighborhoods

I have previously written about hunger, and it continues to be a significant problem for many, many children in our country. Sometimes problems of this scale feel a bit overwhelming and it is difficult to know how to begin tackling them. Dr. Lisa Chamberlain, assistant professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, and pediatric residents at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital have not let the scope of the problem daunt them. They have partnered with community organizations to fight food insecurity and hunger in an area neighborhood. Today I’d like to highlight their amazing work. They are true child health advocates in action. Continue reading

The Leukemia Slayer

It is an honor to have Jacob, aka The Leukemia Slayer, as a very special guest this week at My Two Hats. Jacob was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and he and his family have since done incredible work advocating for children with cancer.¬† As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I interviewed Jacob about his experiences. Jacob’s words are insightful, moving, and important. Please read on and then do what you can to get involved and spread awareness. Continue reading

On Justice and Medicine

During medical school, future physicians learn of the four pillars of medicine, the ethical foundation upon which we should strive to build our work in the field. The first three, beneficence (provide good care), nonmaleficence (do no harm), and respect for autonomy (of both patient and physician) are oft-cited in the medical literature and emphasized in our current healthcare system. The fourth pillar, justice, is sometimes forgotten. Webster‘s defines justice as “the quality of being just, impartial, or fair”. In simple terms, then, all physicians have been given the ethical obligation to treat all patients in a fair and impartial way. On a societal level, the fourth pillar of medicine provides the foundation for us to say that all persons have the right to quality health care. We are not living up to to this obligation. Very real disparities still exist in our health care system. Continue reading

Child Health Advocates in Action: Tackling Obesity in Our Communities

This is the first post in what I hope will be a monthly series, “Child Health Advocates in Action”. This series will highlight work by people who are using their voice and giving their time to improve child health. Continue reading