A Lipstick for Every Occasion

I have no idea how I came to own six tubes of lipstick…until last year, the only lip color I used regularly was a Clinique lipstick in black honey. A friend in college introduced me to it, so I was going on about 8 years with the same lip color. And other than that, I used Burt’s Bee’s. Pretty simple, but also a little boring.

As I was thinking of upgrading my makeup routine for a more polished look, I decided it was time to make lipstick part of my daily look. But even for the occasional lipstick wearer, you can’t go wrong with Beautycounter’s Sheer Lipstick or Color Intense Lipstick. With more than 20 shades between the two, there’s one for every skin tone and occasion! I’m wearing my new favorite shade Orchid in this picture!

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Access to Health Care Isn’t Enough

Access to Health Care Isn’t Enough

We’re well into the 2020 presidential election cycle and there are a lot of health care proposals floating around. Most of them want to increase access to insurance and some have a plan to reduce the cost of care. But unfortunately, universal access to health insurance does not equate to health equity or better health outcomes. Health care systems are designed to handle individual medical needs, not the most critical causes of poor health – socioeconomic factors. In the United States, the development and provision of health care has fundamentally misunderstood what health is and what it requires.

A 2017 study in Health Affairs conveyed that the U.S. has one of the largest income-based health disparities in the world. Among the poorest third of Americans in the study, 38.2 percent reported being in “fair or poor health,” compared with 12.3 percent of the richest third. Most of the nations studied had an income-based health disparity, with the exception of Japan and Switzerland.

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Sunday Reading 10.20.19

Sunday Reading 10.20.19

Happy Sunday! This past week started off with an exam and ended with the start of a new module. In between, we learned about ethics and legal medicine. It was the perfect break from the never-ending studying and I took full advantage. Yesterday, I headed to the beach for an awesome event that highlighted local seafood and then enjoyed a Halloween movie night with my sorority alumnae chapter. Today I’m off to brunch with two dear friends I rarely get to see before I get myself situated for the week ahead. Hope your weekend is everything you need it to be!

Meghan Markle is a newlywed(ish), new mom, and human being. Of course she’s not okay with the intense media scrutiny and blatant racism of the British tabloids.

Jaw dropping and disturbing to say the least but such an important article. [This article contains descriptions of sexual assault.]

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My Interview with Accepted

My Interview with Accepted

Over the summer, I was interviewed by Accepted for their “What is Medical School Really Like?” series. I talked about my journey from legislative affairs to medicine and gave some insight into how medical school is going so far! If you’ve never heard of Accepted before, you can check them out here. They offer consulting services for students applying to college and graduate school in addition to a podcast and blog that break down the world of admissions and school life.

In my interview, I shared about being a career changer, applying smart, valuing your story, and why medical students should care and be involved in health advocacy. Yep, I definitely got on my soap box a bit! You can read the whole interview here!

Here are some other great interviews to check out:

This Week in Health Policy #7

This Week in Health Policy #7

There is just something overwhelming about reading the news these days. I haven’t been spending as much time keeping up and its freed up more brain space (and stress) for school. If it’s not one thing, it’s another?

The health policy world isn’t slowing down just because I have to study. And honestly, there’s so much going on!! Here are just a few of the stories I’ve been following this week.

Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise – according to the CDC, nearly 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and other STDs were reported in 2018.

As America’s population ages and demand outpaces supply, a physician shortage will intensify.

A federal appeals court isn’t sold on the Administration’s enthusiasm for letting states compel some poor people to work or engage in job training in exchange for health insurance.

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Podcasts for All Your Health Policy & Medicine Needs

Podcasts for All Your Health Policy & Medicine Needs

I love Monday’s – time to make a new weekly to-do list and the possibilities for what I can accomplish during the week seem endless. (Although I don’t love Monday mornings with an exam as much as Monday’s without exams). Over on Instagram, I’ve been sharing about public health and health policy on Monday’s. I’m trying to make #MPHMonday happen! And I thought it was finally time to migrate some of that fun over to the blog!

I typically listen to podcasts for news or current affairs analysis but I also love them as an opportunity to learn about new topics or fun trends.

Fun fact about me: I actually used to edit two podcasts as part of my job in graduate school! One focused on innovations in emergency medicine and the other centered on improving the quality and value of health care.

I wanted to share some of my public health, health policy, and medicine favorites!

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Sunday Reading 10.13.19

Sunday Reading 10.13.19

Happy Sunday! Wishing this was my view right now, but alas I’ve spent the entire weekend moving from my couch to my desk to my kitchen table to study for tomorrow’s GI final. I’m hoping to fit in a quick workout today and watched most of the Florida-LSU football game last night, but other than that it’s been a lot of the sitting and studying.

BUT no matter what is going on in my life, I read the New York Times with my coffee every Sunday morning. Not even a Monday morning exam like I have tomorrow will keep me from this little routine – I especially love the Sunday Routine in the New York section. While I love chatting about health policy happenings and medical school, there is so much more that I want to share. I’m hoping to get back into my This Week in Health Policy series and have a lot of great posts planned for #MPHMonday, but I also want to share fun, interesting, and newsworthy items that might have nothing to do with health (policy or care). So let’s give it a whirl, shall we??

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