In the Spring of 2018, Quatia Osorio made a big decision: she was going back to school. The Providence, Rhode Island, resident had decided to enroll in a Midwife program, to build upon the work she had been doing as a maternal health worker and doula in her community. Then came the question of what her absence would mean for her community.
We have seen that banning plastic bags provides a gateway to making people mindful of other environmentally sound decisions. Bag laws serve as a daily reminder that our everyday choices affect the planet; they help us to live more deliberately and more sustainably, and that makes banning them the right thing to do.
In the past decade, the rising costs of health care services, the obesity and chronic disease epidemic and the impact of social determinants on the health status of Americans have inspired a movement among hospitals to become more than walled venues that care for the acutely ill, to organizations that align all their considerable assets and economic power to build robust communities.