July 8, 2020

More Than a Repair Shop

Our healthcare system serves as a trusted source of information; a safe space to discuss stigmatizing aspects of our lives; a place to be immunized against deadly viruses, have broken bones repaired, find and treat cancer. BUT while this is so important and so obviously make us healthier – we are not spending our health…

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June 30, 2020

The Art of Facing What Needs to Change

I find myself returning again and again to James Baldwin’s quote that Amy Etzel used to open day one of our Behavioral Health Summit – “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” This rings true for a person, an organization, and for our country. We…

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June 11, 2020

Showing Up, Imperfectly

I have shown up perfectly zero percent of the time. One of my lifetime burdens is unlearning this desire for perfection. Perfect is not possible. This past week I have done some digging into trauma-informed care and am looking forward tomorrow’s day one of our Behavioral Health Summit for Kody Russell, MSW, Executive Director of…

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June 5, 2020

Pride: The Power in the Personal

June is pride month. My feelings about pride today come from knowing that Stonewall was a riot led by trans women of color. These people that I will never know putting their bodies at risk led to me being able to marry my wife, to file taxes as a single household, to grow our family…

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June 2, 2020

Violence, Race, and Social Justice

  I am thinking about violence against people of color – violence from law enforcement and also violence from within the medical system. I am thinking about the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others. I am thinking about our individual actions and also how working within the healthcare space…

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May 29, 2020

Determining Health

COVID-19 has destabilized our world. People are more stressed, anxious, depressed, and simply tired than ever before. I know that we will see the impact of this on increased rates of alcohol use, drug use, and suicide rates as time goes on. We need our health care system to be able to handle this increased…

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May 1, 2020

Destigmatizing Feelings

I have noticed that more and more of us are willing to talk about how we are feeling. This may be one of the more positive changes from the COVID-19 pandemic. So many of my meetings now start with an emotional check in – colleagues will report having an off day, an extra anxious day,…

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April 14, 2020

Virtual You, Virtual Me, Virtual Bree

We are living through a strange and stressful time. The word unprecedented, although completely accurate, has been a bit overused. Our usual lives seem far away. Like so many, Bree Collaborative staff are thinking about the huge need for behavioral health services that exists in our community and that has only increased due to this…

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April 1, 2020

Connection in the Time of COVID

COVID-19 has altered all our lives. I continue to have conversations with loved ones about the increased stress we are all feeling and trying to remember that we do not always have to see the bright side to every situation. I can sit with the feeling that bad things are bad, understanding, that the discomfort…

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March 1, 2020

Planting the Seeds of Implementation

Since joining the Bree Collaborative as the Implementation Manager this past Fall, I have been completely in awe of the breadth and scope of work the Bree Collaborative recommendations cover.  That said, the idea of trying to implement all 30+ recommendations around the entire state seemed like a daunting and impossible task that might never…

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