Posts in category "Public Health"

Homeless at the Shore of a Punishing State

Homeless at the Shore of a Punishing State
The beautiful scenery and weather of the California coast tends to blind the occasional visitor to the austere reality embedded in the surroundings of a punishing political environment that criminalizes homelessness.  By RA Monaco Although homeless and in his late 60’s, Norm could easily pass for just another day camper, picnicking at the beach in... Read more »

A Vortex of Indifference

A Vortex of Indifference
“Very sad to think that a public official’s only solution to mental health and homelessness is encouraging residents not to feed them” –Rafael Yañez, 15th Ward Aldermanic Candidate By RA Monaco The absence of sophistication left me in disbelief, my client had just confirmed there was no dispute about the facts. I can recall looking... Read more »

Make No Mistake, Nurses are Fighters Too

Make No Mistake, Nurses are Fighters Too
By RA Monaco It is no surprise that nurse-advocates are on the front lines of a myriad of social justice issues—prevention of illness, promotion of public health and protection of the planet is in their professional DNA.  “It’s an immediate and short-term threat to planetary civilization” warned University of Washington professor Peter Ward, Ph.D. while... Read more »
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Ageism and Unemployment: Skills and Experience Aren’t Enough

Ageism and Unemployment: Skills and Experience Aren’t Enough
By RA Monaco Boomers have been left questioning their definition of happiness and self-worth while naively struggling to reinvent themselves for a job market that actively continues “hollowing-out” this entire stratum of society from the workforce.   Today’s job market for older adults—specifically Baby Boomers—has become an almost mystical fabrication of America.   Ignoring the collective financial... Read more »

A Cure for Ageism: Facebook

A Cure for Ageism:  Facebook
By RA Monaco There are plenty of reasons health conscious people—particularly younger Facebook users—should make it a conscious habit to avoid internalizing today’s unsettling culture of ageism.  To start, having negative stereotypes about older adults has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and, in later years heart attacks according to a 2009... Read more »

No One Over Fifty Left

No One Over Fifty Left
By RA Monaco “Middle-ageism” has become a stereotype that threatens to diminish the value of a whole—even younger—age class.   A person known to me as a director of a large corporation headquartered here in Chicago casually mentioned that since the nation’s claimed financial recovery in 2009, they had no one over fifty left on their... Read more »
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Can Women Have It All?

Can Women Have It All?
To imagine another five words that might have raised more questions with such unsuspecting simplicity is a challenge.  It’s a confusing question: “Can women have it all?” Beyond the subjective interpretation of exactly what, “have it all” might mean to a particular person—the question also begs for an answer about “women” specifically. Are we to... Read more »

POLITICKING CONTRACEPTION

POLITICKING CONTRACEPTION
As a father of three, the most impetuous being my 15 year old daughter, Plan B emergency contraception offers me a modest sense of assurance that our lives will not be unexpectedly complicated by her youthful and probable sexual self exploration. Putting the moral politicking and naïve policy making aside, this dad will deal directly... Read more »

The President’s proposed annual budget is a betrayal of “We, the people”

The President’s proposed annual budget is a betrayal of “We, the people”
The President’s offer of preemptive concessions on Social Security is not merely deluded it is a second term betrayal confirming that he has joined the “looting class.”  With his lips still moist from the empty words of his Inaugural Address, he is sending seniors to the dumpsters and America on a course off the retirement... Read more »
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Gangs, Guns and Politicians

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          Perspectives on political grandstanding, the alliance between gangs and politicians, gun control and the public health approach to youth gangs violence in Chicago. Features David Bernstein, Senior Editor Chicago Magazine, Harold Pollack PhD, Co-Director University of Chicago Crime Lab, John Lag Adjunct Professor, John Marshall Law School, and Don Mastrianni,... Read more »