The past few months have underscored the importance of staying curious in all my endeavors.
“I think it’s really important that you’re involving people and asking the right questions, which isn’t just: “What’s going on,” but “Why is it going on?””
“With COVID, there has been an understanding of the importance of public health and what’s going on. There’s been an energizing advocacy of people demanding change.”
These are just a few of my thought-provoking favorites from the past year detailing public health, life in the South, and people working to make positive change in the region.
Today, CHCs are responsible for serving as the primary source of care for over 28 million patients in over 13,000 communities all across the nation. Yet these widespread facilities originated in the Mississippi Delta as an innovative solution to the health disparities plaguing the region.
“There’s a lot more diversity in these places than I think people from the outside understand.”
“Exploring those issues and how people have responded and what actions and strategies they’ve taken can be very illuminating, not just for the Delta, but for the country as a whole.”
Public health encompasses more than statistics; it is the lived experiences of individuals, families, and communities.
Claire Bunn is a senior undergraduate Foundation Fellow and Stamps Scholar at the University of Georgia.