Our Health Plans in a Changed Environment or Is it?

 

Here is an interesting Article that I read on NPR Health with information on how few states use health law options for low-cost health plans from Kaiser Health News today.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/02/02/465184081/few-states-use-health-law-option-for-low-cost-plans

Causes Worth Fighting For!

I knew that something profound was coming my way, and I was just, um, treading water, waiting for it. I didn’t know what it was, I didn’t know where it was……But I knew I was different from my friends in where I was going.

Helping people in need is a good and essential part of life, a kind of destiny. -Princess Diana

I believe in being a forward thinker. Don’t be stagnated in your thoughts. Move and Progress. Find what is limited and demand what is necessary. Focus on expansion because all the great ideas were made to change the world with a marvelous touch and a hint of influence to be great. No conformity here. I am a philanthropist first and an entrepreneur second!

Be Original. Be Great. Be Unique. Be Different and Dare to bring Light to this World! Share your Gifts and Share your talents.

With God All things are POSSIBLE! Vision is Key to all Endeavors in Life. 🙂

Thank You Readers and Listeners!

I want to give a Warm and Blessed Welcome to everyone who listened to my interview about the Dr. Wilma T. Stone Educational Foundation for Children and Teens on Wednesday night’s Chelsea Krost Show. I received a lot of calls and emails wanting to help in any way. All I can say is Thank you and I am forever humbled by the love and kindness from everyone. God is beautiful in his blessings.

I want to say thank you to Chelsea Krost and Dede Watson for the platform.

The foundation is doing well, we have received a lot of love and support and are moving forward. We have Scholastic, who are donating books for the kids and Mr. John Schu, who is a 2014 Newbery Committee Member for Scholastic, sending books for donation as well. The foundation will be an educational reading center and library to improve reading and literacy for the community and bring together children and teens in a phenomenal way.

The foundation will be a beautiful and marvelous testament to my grandmother who gave her life to serve and help children and young adults make a difference to this world.

To teach a child very early on that they are somebody, is monumental to the Greatness that they will Become in this world!

God Bless. 🙂

The Price of Hope and the Voice of Progress.

My favorite poem, my — my favorite poet was Aeschylus. And he once wrote:

Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
until, in our own despair,
against our will,
comes wisdom
through the awful grace of God.

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.

And let’s dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. –Robert F. Kennedy

Strive to Make a Difference.

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My dental school graduation in 2009. The day that changed my life forever.

My dental school graduation in 2009. The day that changed my life forever, the day I became a Doctor. To serve my fellow man by God’s grace. He covered my hands and my heart that day and the journey began.

Music From Girl Rising

I love this music as the main theme (featuring solo vocals by Tori Letzler) to 10×10’s new documentary, Girl Rising, chronicling the lives of girls around the globe. The film premiered on March 7th and aired on CNN, this past Spring 2013. The documentary featured narration by actresses such as Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Chloe Moretz, Anne Hathaway, and Freida Pinto. Check out the website for more info on its release! http://www.girlrising.com

Enjoy! It has touched my very heart that you hear this song, you feel the girls’ soul in this as the music plays. : )

Sentebale, “Forget Me Not”

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In my heart as a doctor, I feel I must help prevent the threat against quality healthcare and to improve education through preserving it. The Sentebale Charity, which I am strongly supporting and feel is an important cause to end the stigma of HIV/AIDS for orphaned families, especially children of Lesotho in South Africa. It was founded by Prince Harry of Wales and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. The organization helps vulnerable children, the forgotten victims of poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Sentebale means “FORGET ME NOT,” in the Sesotho language of Lesotho. We certainly, will not forget those suffering with this deadly disease and the charity wants to help improve quality education and healthcare for these children and their families. Lesotho has the world’s 3rd highest infection rate of HIV/AIDS.

Sentebale created, the Mamohato Programme, in response to research that showed how children with HIV often felt isolated, receiving little support in their homes and communities to help them deal with the social and psychological challenges they face. The camp offers real hope for the future for these children. Hope you share in the cause and the fight for better quality of life.

There are several Mamohato camps a year, each lasting five days and typically hosting 40 children. Accommodation, food, transport and kit are all provided. Trained staff run the camps, helped by doctors, nurses and social workers from the clinics where the children are treated.

At the camps, children can openly discuss HIV/AIDS, how it affects them and how they can best cope with it. Child-to-child communication is an important aspect of the camps, with children being encouraged to share experiences with one another. The sessions cover life-skills such as hygiene, nutrition and adherence to anti-retroviral therapy, as well as HIV-focused games, sports, arts, crafts and drama. Children are taught simple ways to remember when they need to take their treatment, using reminders such as a watch and a pillbox.

Here is the link to find out more about this organization, donations, and if you would like to help: sentebale.org 

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How Girl Rising Changed My Outlook.

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A couple of months ago, I became so inspired and captivated by the 10×10’s documentary Girl Rising. It tells the stories of 9 phenomenal girls from 9 different countries and their struggles with wanting a better life through obtaining what sometimes may be taken for granted, An Education. The girls represent simple change, through their courageous fight to be heard in wanting an equal opportunity to learn. The empowerment of educating girls around the world allows us to search deeper for what matters to us in humanity. The documentary shaped my outlook on how I viewed my own education in the sense that I am grateful for my grandmother teaching along with my parents the value of reading and going to college to follow my dreams of being a doctor.

We take for granted that everyday we go to work that there is a child wanting not the latest shoes or clothes but the thirst for knowledge, the curiosity of life and the ever present existence to be known. As a young girl once, I sympathize with Wadley (Haiti), Sokha (Cambodia), Amina (Ethiopia), Azmera (Ethiopia), Mariama (Sierra Leone), Ruksana (India), Senna (Peru), Suma (Nepal) and Yasmin (Egypt). They are the keepers of the dream, for they are our future for a better world changed and regarded in their destinies.

My 2 favorite quotes from the documentary include:

“I will read, I will study, I will learn, if you try to stop me I will just try harder.”

“If you stop me, there will be other girls who rise up and take my place….I AM CHANGE.”

On another note, I feel we still need more literacy programs in these countries and more teachers to help preserve the quality of education given to these children who are lacking the access. I hope to help in the initiative to educate young girls everywhere. I believe you can do anything when you put your faith first, the journey to succeed can happen with the burning desire and determination to never accept No. These girls have shown me that life keeps ever moving forward and to always believe that the possibilities are endless.

Thank you girls, my love and support go out to you. My grandmother would agree they are truly remarkable and I hope every parent watches the documentary with their daughters, sons and the whole family if they haven’t done so. Continue walking to school girls, continue learning, continue to be the Revolution in your countries and teach others about your story. One Girl with Courage is a Revolution. An Education is without a doubt a beautiful experience and an important one I strongly support. Here is the link to learn about the campaign: http://www.girlrising.com