Eskenazi Health is Indianapolis’ public health system. It comprises a downtown hospital and ten primary healthcare clinics throughout the city. While the hospital has had different names over its 160-year history, the mission has always been to serve the health needs of the community regardless of their ability to pay. While there are other hospital systems in the city, as the public hospital, Eskenazi Health supports uninsured individuals and those that are vulnerable to rising healthcare costs.
Fear rippled through the science community in early 2017 as a new president and Congress took office. Research grants and communications from key government science offices, especially those associated with the environment, were suspended. The science community—not just researchers, doctors and academics, but also average Americans—rose up.
I sat down with some of my friends and an idea: instead of cooking for ourselves, what if we allowed students to cook for people outside of our school? With our reputation as a school that doesn’t give back as much as we could, why couldn't we motivate people who like to cook and allow them to use their skills as a community service?
My friend and collaborator Brian Eno recently mentioned to me an organization he is involved with. ClientEarth is an organization that has taken a somewhat unique approach to pushing for change regarding issues of pollution, fossil fuel emissions and more.
In February 2017, the Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera, made a major announcement—the city would prioritize parking reform. This announcement was the first of several from the city, culminating in the implementation of a major, progressive policy change enacted on July 11th, 2017.