Food for Thought

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in foundations, global health, health disparities, nutrition, obesity, philanthropy, public health, Uncategorized |

Food is big. There is widespread concern about hunger and malnutrition; obesity, in particular among children; access to healthy food; food waste; lack of healthy food options in schools, neighborhoods and restaurants; affordability of fresh produce; overconsumption of sugary drinks. The list could go on and on (as this one did). These issues don’t effect groups of people equally. Issues of food and nutrition are often seen through the lens of...

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Big Challenges, Crazy Ideas

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in community development, evaluation, foundations, global health, international development, nonprofit, philanthropy, research, social policy, Uncategorized |

The Charities Review Council couldn’t have brought in a more appropriate presenter than Michael Faye to speak at its recent conference on Disruptive Philanthropy.  Michael is one of the founders of GiveDirectly, a private international development organization that gives cash to the poor in Kenya and Uganda via cell phone technology, no strings attached.  As Michael observed, giving cash to poor people-what a crazy idea! This is in contrast to...

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The Human Heart

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in film, global health, health disparities, immigration, multicultural, public health, Uncategorized | 2 comments

I recently saw a wonderful documentary film called American Heart at the Minneapolis Film Festival.  I went to see the film because it dealt with an issue of interest to me – health care for refugees and immigrants.  While that was indeed the focus of American Heart, it dealt just as much with universal themes: end of life issues, family, resilience and how life unfolds in mysterious ways. American Heart follows three patients at the...

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Global Citizenship in Action

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in global health, health disparities, international development, public health, Uncategorized |

A few days ago I returned to my alma mater (a 10 minute drive) for a presentation by Christy Hanson, incoming dean of Macalester’s Institute for Global Citizenship, part of reunion weekend festivities.  Dr. Hanson’s presentation was on the topic of global public health (“a means to sustainable and equity enhancing global development”!).  While Dr. Hanson’s creds  are extremely impressive, just as impressive, she appears to be a down toearth and...

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