“We offer quality healthcare services for the whole family and we never turn anyone away.”
That’s what it says on the The Community Healthcare Network website. CHN is a NYC based organization which runs over a dozen clinics and provides healthcare to over 80,000 people. A couple of weeks back, I was brought in to do visual interviews with supporters and partners at an event they held at the Rubin Art museum. The topic: what are you passionate about in healthcare and wellness? This engagement really checked a lot of my favorite boxes: interesting topic, live interviews, diverse crowd, lovely setting. As a bonus, I got to work with another visual listener, Amanda Lyons, who does great work and is a pleasure to collaborate with. Full set of pics here.
Many interviewees stressed the importance of prevention and improving the various factors which support or undermine health–like peoples’ relationships, safety, access to housing, and so on. People mentioned the connections between various kinds of health—for example, diabetes can lead to poor oral health if people don’t maintain good blood glucose control. Diabetes loomed large in many conversations. In 2012 almost 10% of the US population had diabetes—it’s a massive challenge, one that Community Health Network is doing its part to address.