Legislature Goes Sine Die at Midnight

The 84th legislature will adjourn shortly. As I write this, I am listening to the Senate as members work toward finishing the day’s calendar and concluding legislative business. This legislature had many debates on healthcare issues during its 60 day session. The Mountain State has one of the highest per capita rates of tobacco useContinue reading “Legislature Goes Sine Die at Midnight”

Some Facts About Coronavirus

The news media is covering COVID-19 or coronavirus as much as the 2020 US Presidential campaign and a number of my friends and colleagues have asked me about the disease.  Here is a little of what I know about it.   Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that is spread much like influenza.  This strain wasContinue reading “Some Facts About Coronavirus”

County Health Rankings: What can we do?

In the above diagram, if you look at the left, it shows that policies & programs can influence health factors which will then influence health outcomes.  At the top, health outcomes are basically half and half length of life and quality of life.  We all want to have longer more fulfilling lives.  The thing thatsContinue reading “County Health Rankings: What can we do?”

Invest in Your Health

In 1962, economist Selma Mushkin discussed the additions to our economy by investments in health.  She discussed the effect of a reduction in the death rate on the rate of economic growth from advances in healthcare.  Fast forward to today.  The United States spends more than any other developed country on healthcare, however life expectancyContinue reading “Invest in Your Health”