By James C. Etheridge, MD, and Christy E. Cauley, MD, MPH

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to worsen existing disparities in the delivery of surgical care. Millions of elective operations have been postponed or cancelled as resources are taxed and safety concerns mount.¹ This unprecedented backlog of operations has forced surgeons, hospitals, and healthcare systems to make many difficult decisions.² Approaches to case prioritization and scheduling profoundly impact the ability of disadvantaged individuals to access surgical care. Such decisions can have far-reaching effects on health equity. We spoke with Dr. …

By Leigh Graham, PhD, MBA

The U.S. is the only high-income country in the world where maternal mortality and morbidity is on the rise. Racial inequities in mortality and morbidity — particularly for African American and Native American and Alaska Native women — are pronounced and enduring. Advocates, researchers, and the media, have helped bring significant public attention to this maternal health crisis. Yet, much more is needed, especially outside the hospital setting, and at the local level. Two-thirds of maternal deaths happen prior to childbirth or a week or more after birth. This suggests that birthing people* at risk…

By Rebecca Weintraub, MD

Today, we mark a new chapter in how the United States Federal government will respond to COVID-19.

Over the past month, I have served as a vaccinator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. This hospital holds great meaning: it’s where I work, trained, delivered my children, and have been a patient myself. But it’s in my most recent role here — as vaccinator — that I’ve come to understand the shared work of healing after prolonged stress and grief. We’ve rolled up our sleeves for the better part of a year, but this time, of…

By Sue Gullo, RN, MS

Ariadne Labs’ vision is for health systems to deliver the best possible care for every patient, everywhere, every time. This means next door in Boston, Massachusetts, in cities and towns across the US, or globally to the far reaches of the world. At Ariadne Labs, we rigorously develop simple, scalable solutions that address critical gaps in the way health care is delivered.

We know, however, that without an effective implementation plan, even the best designed tools won’t live up to their full potential. Each of our programs at Ariadne Labs has grown significantly over time…

By Avery Plough, MPH; Amber Weiseth, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB; Elizabeth Curtis; Joyce Edmonds, PhD, MPH, RN; Monica Christina Esqueda, PhD; Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN; Neel Shah, MD, MPP

The rapid and unyielding spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed how health care is administered, delivered, and experienced. While this is true across the entire spectrum of care, maternal health is particularly sensitive to these disruptions, with potentially far-reaching generational impacts.

The pandemic has exposed weaknesses and inequities in our maternal care systems, including fragmented care, anti-Blackness, and unconscionable racial inequities; however, it has also revealed unique opportunities…

By Rachel Broudy

In recent years, there has been a movement in health care to focus on goal driven care, where the goals are patient goals and the laudable intent is to provide patient-centered care. However, there is something uncomfortable for me in the focus on goal driven care, goal attainability scales, and achieving what matters for patients. What could be wrong, you ask, about setting and achieving goals and paying attention to what matters? To me, it’s the worry that this intent becomes one more box for us to check, and we lose the transformative power of seeing our…

By Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH; Evan Benjamin, MD, MS, FACP; Margaret Ben-Or, MPH

Many K–12 schools in the United States are closing in on the end of their first term of the 2020–2021 school year, a year unlike anything we have experienced in recent history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some schools have opened their doors to full in-person instruction, others have adopted a hybrid model of remote and in-person learning, and still others have remained fully virtual. Planning for any of these models has been difficult and complex for school administrators, educators and staff, families, and students.

The planning…

By Evan Benjamin, MD, MS, FACP; Bozwell Bueno; Meghan Long, MHA; and Saranya Loehrer, MD, MPH

Over the past several months we have had the privilege of supporting health care organizations across the United States as they respond to unprecedented challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic. From policy and payment changes at the federal and state level to innumerable changes at the level of health care delivery and operations, seemingly every aspect of health care has been upended by the pandemic. …

By Mary Brindle, MD, MPH

A pediatric surgeon’s job is characterized by urgency — whether operating on a neonate born with a life-threatening condition or a teenager badly injured in a motor vehicle collision. We are familiar with rapid decision-making informed by best evidence. These are qualities that proved essential in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am a pediatric surgeon at a hospital located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and at the western border of the Canadian prairies in one of the largest urban centers in Canada. We serve a catchment area of about 2.5 million people. I…

By Rebecca Weintraub, MD

Like many families, we watched summer plans for our two children dissolve as the COVID-19 pandemic raged unchecked and travel restrictions mounted, forcing many camps to go virtual or shut down. As we scrambled to find alternatives, we learned of two camps opening in-person in Maine, a state within driving distance that had low community transmission rates. One of them, a music camp, was particularly high-risk due to the aerosols produced by woodwind instruments. But both had detailed safety protocols, and we felt fortunate to find spots for our sons. …

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