In a departure from our regularly scheduled programming, we want to acknowledge that this week has been hard. Emotions are running high, many of us have been glued to our screens even more than usual, and voting (or doing anything, really) during a pandemic can be super stressful.
And the election results (or lack thereof) show that our country is still severely divided.
Here at We ❤ Health Literacy Headquarters, we talk a lot about embracing uncertainty. It’s a useful skill, but it sure isn’t easy. And as uncertainty goes, this current situation is not the type we prefer!
We don’t have all the answers (or even, you know, the results), but we do know this: we need to stay hopeful. There’s just too much at stake — like the very concept and practice of public health.
Now more than ever, it’s time for the public health community to focus on doing what we can to support health and well-being for everyone in this country. That could mean creating easy-to-understand health information, improving access to quality care, or working to dismantle the systemic racism that profoundly impacts health in so many communities.
The bottom line: These are tough times, dear readers. But we have important work to do.
A Path Forward was originally published in wehearthealthliteracy on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.