Salud Promodores, Barefoot Doctors, Home Health Workers, and Iranian Health Houses Come Knocking

Healthcare Workers in Iran

New Orleans   In organizing the process of strengthening weak ties to build the strong welds of solidarity can be very personal, tediously time consuming and therefore prohibitively expensive, and involve huge scale human engineering in order to create deep organizations, which is partly why organizers use other tools like actions and [...]

Community Paramedics; Good Idea, No Reimbursement

New Orleans A fascinating story ran in the New York Times by Kirk Johnson about “community paramedics” being used in Colorado along with earlier experiments among homeless populations in San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.  There was nothing about the program that involved rocket science, but in cutting back on emergency 911 calls costing [...]

Impacting Healthcare: Organizing Medical “Hotspots”

Toronto Dr. Atul Gawande writing in the current issue of The New Yorker (1/24/11) interjects himself once again into the national (global?) health care debate by pointing out that hard data often reveals, as it did in Camden, New Jersey, that as much as 30% of health care costs are generated by as few as [...]

Gold Hidden in Dodd-Frank

New Orleans Wow!  A seasonal surprise!!  It turns out that there were a couple of pieces of gold hidden in the hills and valleys of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act that I had overlooked and that have international impact.   Retailers are required to report annually on the origin of minerals used in products from war-torn [...]

Breastfeeding, Grandfathering, and the World to Come in New Health Care Act

Portland Talking shop with a couple of unions about the future and prospects for new organizing was interesting, but it was truly educational to listen to three of the labor lawyers (Gregory Hartman, Henry Kaplan, and Thomas Doyle) pulled together by the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers to update us about some [...]

Mary’s Vote for Health Care Reform

Washington On the eve of the dramatic and historic health care vote, I got a letter from a friend, Mary Rowles, who is also a labor official in British Columbia.  She had been sick all week with pneumonia and equally ill reading with consternation the mis-characterizations of what reform [...]