Thoughts on the Susan-Desmond Hellmann quote

I believe that Desmond-Hellmann is dead correct in that health can be viewed as both a local concern, one that needs to be addressed and looked at the local level, as well as a state-wide/macro concern. This could also be viewed as being correct in that when medical teams cooperate with each other, they then have to take these practices and translate them into a local “language” that can then be used within the communities that one is trying to serve and reach out to. Whereas individual health is centered on the Western idea that health is an individual’s problem and that one must deal with it on their own time, communal health requires us to look beyond this narrow minded idea, to practices such as paid sick leave and how a person’s overall health affects their family, friends, and colleagues. Everyone must pitch in to contribute positively to a person’s overall health.

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