Designing for a Healing Environment

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.

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March for Science Iowa Takes Research to the Streets

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.

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A Collaboration With The Detroit School Of Arts

When I saw what the DSA students did with my song, it completely changed the way I thought of the song. In fact, it changed the meaning of the song—I realized it was about inclusion, welcoming and not being alone. It's a more generous interpretation of the song than what I do with my voice. Just goes to show how a song can change (radically!) depending on who is singing it.

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Balkanized!

Meaning: to divide a region into smaller, mutually antagonistic states. That wasn’t the case at the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, held at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. It’s a two day festival of music and more from the Balkan countries, and it is generously inclusive. Hungary (technically not quite Balkan), Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro.

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Contemporary Color Film Is Now Available Everywhere

Color guard (and more properly, winter guard) is a phenomena, an athletic and artistic expression, that takes place mainly in North America but increasingly around the world. Though it began as formations and performances to accompany football games, it has evolved into something wilder, stranger, more creative and beautiful and very much apart from the sports context.

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America Is Here

Through a friend who works there, I was introduced to the Bellevue/NYU Program for torture (PSOT), which is based out of Bellevue hospital here in Manhattan. Besides the obvious medical issues, the organization deals with a host of other needs from their clients—immigration, legal and human rights issues, psychological trauma, employment, housing—all of which are interconnected.

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Ending The War On Drugs

What happens when we think of Drug addiction as a health problem rather than a crime?

In Vancouver, Mayor Robertson and I biked through a funky neighborhood called Gastown known for drug use. He pointed out a giant photo piece by local artist Stan Douglas of what became known as the Gastown Riot when police rounded up drug users in 1971. It’s like a scene from a movie, with all the period detail.

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Innovations In Transportation

I’ve used a bicycle as my principal means of getting around NY for decades. It’s easier and safer now than it used to be. I often take a full-size folding bike when I do a music tour, and this becomes a way of exploring where I happen to be. Vibrant neighborhoods, odd museums, an explosion of suburban house buildings and wonderful cities bisected by freeways. Not always encouraging, but there are signs of change.

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