The Stories

Katharine and the Heimerdinger Foundation

There is a reason why mom’s homemade chicken soup tastes even better when you’re muddling through a cold. Wellness through whole, balanced nutrition has become a cornerstone to successful recovery programs for every diagnosis under the sun. With anti-inflammatory properties, the ability to boost the immune system, and necessary vitamins and minerals, eating right, especially…

Carol

Last week, I shared two stories from Patient Brigade members at the University of Chicago Cancer Center. For the final story in this series, I am highlighting a different take on the unsung heroes in Cancer Care.  The familiar narrative for treatment of a cancer diagnosis is that the process can be physically, emotionally, and…

Angela

If you have ever stepped foot into a public health classroom, the odds are that you have discussed the concept of social determinants of health. This is the cornerstone of epidemiology, the study of health in various populations. Race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity, among other demographics, follow a gradient of positive…

Alicia

An aspiring artist and established disability advocate, I first came across Alicia on a whim through Twitter. Her posts first signified a commitment to assisting individuals in receiving necessary caregiver services through Ohio’s Medicaid program. Meeting her in Akron opened my eyes to the hurdles those with disabilities jump through to maintain independence.  When most…