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Bobby Holt

Recent Posts by Bobby Holt:

A High School Diploma to Master Health

This graduation season, Evelyn completed high school with countless other students across the county, but her graduation was even more cause for celebration. At age 55, Evelyn was among 200 adult students in Ohio who were able to return to school and receive a state-issued diploma, proving that it’s never too late to attain education.

In the United States, 12% of adults are missing a high school diploma. While it may be easy to relegate this group to education bureaus, the matter of education, or lack thereof, has profound links to individual and collective health.

Topics: Education

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

On a Wednesday afternoon in South Jersey, a large pink van pulled into a Chick-fil-A parking lot. While many customers continued their routine as usual, a few women first walked over to the pink van before going into the restaurant. 

Topics: cancer prevention Health care

Shifting Focus: New Strategies to Fight Food Deserts

In recent years the concept of food deserts, commonly defined as areas with low car ownership combined with few or no supermarkets located within a mile, has become a focus of politicians and public health professionals looking to improve health outcomes in low-income communities.

Topics: Food food insecurity Community Resources Food deserts

Fostering a Community Connection for Homeless Children

“Love, belonging and connection are the universal sources of true well-being.” -Unknown

 Being homeless is a traumatic experience, but for children it is especially detrimental. During a child’s crucial years of development, losing everything—their home, routines, privacy, friends, and pets—creates a toxic stress that has a lasting impact on their physical and mental health. Without basic needs, children grow up longing for more: more safety, more structure, and more security.

Approximately 2.5 million children lacked a home at some point in 2013. And according to the National Center for Homeless Education, the number of homeless students has doubled in the past decade.

Topics: Homeless Childhood Development Coordinate Care

Employment: A Key to Better Health

Collie Thomas is an orderly at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Each day, she stocks patients’ rooms with supplies, transports patients, and delivers medical records. It’s not a glamorous job, but Collie plays an important role in helping the hospital run smoothly, and she is extremely grateful for the opportunity. Unlike many in our country, Collie has a steady source of income.

Topics: employment Social Determinants of Health Community Based Organizations

Empowering Women to Improve Health

Women’s health has taken center stage in 2017, but not necessarily for positive reasons. As healthcare policies continue to be debated in Washington, essential healthcare benefits for women are in jeopardy, including prenatal and maternity care, mammograms, and birth control.

As National Women’s Health Week, it’s an apt time to promote, not demote, women’s health. National Women’s Health Week, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, serves as a time to advocate for women to make their health a priority. The annual campaign encourages women to improve their health, including regularly visiting a doctor, adhering to a healthy diet, exercising, and prioritizing mental health.

Topics: Women's Health Womens healthcare week Coordinate Care Community Based Organizations Community Resources

Is Healthcare Leaving Latino Men Behind?

By 2045, approximately 50 million Latino-American men will live in the United States. Imagine if this growing population avoided healthcare; instead of seeking preventative care, they only sought emergency treatment when necessary. It’s a scary thought on its way to becoming reality if not addressed soon.

Currently, Latino males are more likely to be sick and suffer from chronic illnesses than the average American. They are more likely to be obese, develop diabetes, and have high blood pressure, among other illnesses, and are less likely to seek treatment. Compounding matters, due to a distrust of the American health system, Hispanic men avoid doctors, cancer screenings and medication. Instead, they count on the emergency room as their primary point of treatment.

Topics: Health care Coordinate Care minority health

A Salute to Nurses: Our Caretakers, Educators, and Advocates

There’s a saying that nurses are by our side at the beginning of life and the end of it, and every health event in between. And it’s true. Nurses are the engine that drive the patient care process. 

Topics: nurses Coordinate Care Community Resources

Cooking Up Better Health

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates

Topics: Food Health Disparities Community Based Organizations Community Resources Vulnerable populations

Raising Awareness and Bridging the Gap in Minority Health

Your health care depends on who you are.” - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

Topics: Health Disparities minority health month minority health Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Coordinate Care