One of our great warriors whom I have had the honor to treat is a Vietnam veteran who suffers from peripheral neuropathy, a chronic painful condition with significant medical co-morbidities that have given him pause during this pandemic.
Norm didn’t go to Vietnam only to be forgotten here at home.
American society has been adversely affected by COVID-19, not just from the virus but through the precautions and policies implemented to slow its spread. Intended to minimize the overburdening of our medical facilities, these actions have also had a devastatingly stalling effect on the U.S. and world economies — not just globally, but underneath the roof of each home.
This adverse impact has hit the homes and lives of veterans particularly hard.
Our veterans deserve better, and as we work to re-open our economy, it’s imperative we put veterans and their needs front and center – in particular, we need to consider specific veteran challenges in this COVID era, including workforce and hiring initiatives by the private and public sectors and particularly proactive health care for both the mind and body.
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Dr. Singh and Lanhee J. Chen, fellow at the Hoover Institution and director of domestic policy studies at Stanford University, jointly published an op-ed for The Washington Post on strategies for reopening campuses in the fall.
For some colleges and universities, the decision to bring back in-person research and instruction this fall is a matter of basic economic survival. But even where it is not, the pandemic crisis threatens the essence of college life. No distance-learning program, regardless of how well thought-out or planned it is, can replace the interactions among students, faculty and others that normally take place on college campuses.
Our students have expressed frustration about taking all of their classes online. What’s more, some from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds haven’t had access to the technology, resources or quiet spaces necessary for effective distance learning.
For all of these reasons, we urge campuses to bring students and in-person instruction back for the fall term. A return to in-person instruction should follow a strategy based on the latest science, balanced with efforts to restore campus life — with particular care for those who are most likely to suffer adverse health effects from covid-19. Although college students generally fall into an age category that has not experienced significant negative impacts or mortality because of the coronavirus, others they interact with, such as faculty and staff, may be at higher risk.
Continue reading on Washington Post.
Dr. Vanila Singh was interviewed by Jarvis T. Gray on the Healthcare QualityCast, a podcast spotlighting today's most exciting and inspiring quality professionals within the healthcare industry.
Here in episode #65 Dr. Singh starts our show with a leadership mindset of keeping clarity and cutting out the noise; Dr. Singh shares her impressive background with us, and quality people lets just say that she is our first podcast guest with her very own Wikipedia page; Dr. Singh shares a best moment of failure that literally hinges on an act of congress; and how perseverance drove her and her team to success; She teaches us how she builds close team connections by focusing on the human-side of leadership; Dr. Singh gives us thoughtful reflections on what it takes to develop personally as a leader; She shares her best aha moment that works to achieve balance between her personal and professional lives; She tells us what she’s excited about around the future of healthcare and public health; And Dr. Singh gives her best career advice, encouraging us to stay at it and to be great.
Listen to the episode here.
Dr. Singh and Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) jointly published an op-ed for The Hill on the role of illicit substances in the opioid crisis. The article discusses new strategies to tackle the opioid epidemic and trade-based money laundering.
Members of a Mexican drug cartel recently massacred American women and children in broad daylight. The attack was a tragic reminder that cartels continue to run rampant, leaving a trail of violence, sorrow and death. Traditional methods of eliminating these criminal organizations have not solved the problem. We need a new strategy that targets how these dangerous organizations fund their illegal activities. In the meantime, these cartels continue to fuel a public health crisis with 60,000 Americans dying each year to overdose and many more losing their livelihood to violence and addiction-related to illicit drugs.
Criminals use a practice known as trade-based money laundering (TBML) to move illegal goods and money funding their operation. It’s how drug cartels traffic both drugs and people. It is how rogue nations get around international sanctions and how the black market continues to thrive under our noses, and it’s why people keep dying.
Continue reading on The Hill.
Dr. Singh was featured on the front page of Inside Stanford Medicine for her discussion at the Stanford EHR Symposium.
How can electronic health records empower patients and doctors to improve health without exposing data or overburdening clinicians?
That question was at the heart of Stanford Medicine’s second Electronic Health Records National Symposium, held Oct. 11 at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge. The half-day event featured two panel discussions and several research presentations. Nearly two dozen speakers from government, academia and industry recounted struggles and successes with the technology.
Continue reading in Inside Stanford Medicine.