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Public Commentary

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Spring 2019 commentaries from community leaders around the Baltimore Metropolitan Region:

  • Bob Atlas, President and CEO, Maryland Hospital Association
  • Michael Curley, Environmental Lawyer and Author 
  • Jacqueline Copeland, Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture
  • José  Bowen, President of Goucher College 
  • Bishop Frank Madison Reid III, African Methodist Episcopal Church

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Archive prior to October 2013

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, explains how hospitals are using telehealth to care for communities. 

Bowen: How Learning Works

Jul 9, 2019
Rob Ferrell

Jose Antonio Bowen, former president of Goucher College, explains how the five most important things people can do to improve learning are S.W.E.E.T. 

Curley: The Chesapeake Bay Keepers Club

Jul 2, 2019
Noel St. John

Why don't we have Chesapeake Bay keepers? San Francisco has them, Narragansett has them...environmental lawyer and author Michael Curley explains how it could work, and why it's important. 

Copeland: The Six Triple Eight

Jun 18, 2019

In February 1945, the U.S. Army sent 855 black women from the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. 

Jackie Copeland, executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, tells us about a film that spotlights this effort. 

MARYLAND HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, explains how Maryland's health care leaders and public officials are working to provide Marylanders with fresh, affordable food. 

Bowen: The Future of Work

Jun 4, 2019
Rob Ferrell

Goucher College President Jose Antonio Bowen comments on why the future of work is about being complimentary to technology, not dependent on it. 

Curley: Help Save the Bay!

May 28, 2019
Noel St. John

Michael Curley, environmental lawyer and author, tells us how the Chesapeake Bay Foundation educates, advocates, litigates and restores, all with the hope of saving the bay. 

Maryland Hospital Association

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association comments on how hospitals are working to increase patient safety and expand access to care. 

Bowen: From Professor to Cognitive Coach

May 1, 2019
ROB FERRELL

Jose Bowen, president of Goucher College, comments on why the role of the professor needs to be reimagined as a cognitive coach. 

Curley: How Salt Can Be "Bad News" for the Environment

Apr 24, 2019
Noel St. John

Environmental lawyer and author Michael Curley comments on how road salt can be "death to the environment" and provides information on its use in Maryland.   

Copeland: Celebrating the Work of Linda Day Clark

Apr 16, 2019

Jackie Copeland, the executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, tells us about Baltimore photographer Linda Day Clark and her new exhibition at the Lewis Museum, The Gee's Bend Photographs

MARYLAND HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, discusses a few of the major public health issues facing the state, and shares how Maryland hospitals are working to tackle these challenges.

How to Go to College

Mar 26, 2019
Rob Ferrell

As high school seniors enter the stressful college decision time, here is some advice. Relax.

Where you go to college matters a lot less than how you go to college. We have known this for years, but it is hard to accept. Surely being around future titans of industry at Harvard has some advantage. But much of that seems to be correlation not causal: people who exercise also tend to eat better.

Curley: Uncomplicating Climate Change

Mar 19, 2019
Noel St. John

Environmental lawyer and author Michael Curley tells us a true story that teaches the simple facts about climate change. 

Copeland: Honoring the Work of Victorine Quille Adams

Mar 12, 2019

Jacqueline Copeland, Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, comments on the achievements of Victorine Quille Adams who was, among many other things, the first African-American woman elected to the Baltimore City Council. 

How Hospitals Care for the Community

Feb 26, 2019
MARYLAND HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, lists some of the ways that Maryland's not-for-profit hospitals benefit communities. 

Bowen: Expanding Comfort with Discomfort

Feb 19, 2019
Rob Ferrell

Jose Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College, comments on why being "comfortable with discomfort is a key aspect of learning." 

Curley: Understanding R.G.G.I

Feb 11, 2019
Noel St. John

Michael Curley tells us about R.G.G.I, a program that discourages electric power plants from burning fossil fuels. Maryland, Delaware, and six New England states are included in R.G.G.I. and Curley says that's good news. 

courtesy of Wanda Draper

Wanda Draper, the outgoing director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, tells us about the contributions of some unsung Black Americans, and why their achievements should be acknowledged year-round. 

MARYLAND HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

Maryland is home to 32 birthing hospitals where 66,000 newborns arrive each year. In this commentary, Bob Atlas tells us how Maryland hospitals are working hard to follow best practices to provide the best care possible to new families. 

Bowen: Discovering Your Accent in Study Abroad

Jan 15, 2019
Rob Ferrell

Here at Goucher, we require all students to study abroad before they graduate. We do this in part because employers want graduates who can navigate working with people from different cultures and backgrounds, but also because study abroad provides an almost unique opportunity for self-discovery, reflection, and growth.

Curley: Doing Your Part to Eliminate Global Warming

Jan 8, 2019
Noel St. John

Michael Curley comments on simple things we can do to reduce global warming, like using less electricity. 

Draper: The Disappearance of Civility

Jan 2, 2019

Wanda Draper comments on the importance of civility in our society. 

Bishop Reid III: Make Room for Justice and Joy

Dec 25, 2018
Bishop Frank Reid III/Facebook

In this Christmas commentary, Bishop Frank Reid III encourages us to make room for justice, and to make room for joy. 

MARYLAND HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, comments on what hospitals are doing to stem the opioid crisis.

Bowen: Self-Regulated Learning

Dec 11, 2018
Rob Ferrell

Goucher College president Jose Bowen comments on the new science of learning, and preparing graduates to think for themselves. 

Curley: Making the Most of the 'Flush Tax'

Dec 4, 2018
Noel St. John

Michael Curley tells us where the 'Flush tax' has gone, and how the money can be used to better clean up the Chesapeake Bay. 

Draper: Why do Museums Matter?

Nov 27, 2018

Wanda Draper, CEO of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum says that there are more museums than there are McDonald's and Starbucks in the United States, but only 18 percent of Americans are visiting them. Draper tells us why museums are important to visitors, and to our future. 

Bishop Reid III: How to Keep Hope Alive

Nov 20, 2018

In his study of America's struggle for racial justice, journalist Charles M. Blow discovered some reoccuring themes. In this week's Public Commentary, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III shares these themes to "encourage, equip and empower us in our fight for a better life, a better Baltimore, and a better world for all." 

MARYLAND HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

As we know, our life experiences are, in many ways, shaped by the differences that make us each unique. Health is no exception. We know that groups from different socioeconomic backgrounds, education levels, and race or ethnicity exhibit different health patterns. 

A couple of examples: National statistics reveal that people with no more than a high school education smoke cigarettes for twice as many years as those with at least a bachelor's degree. And here in Maryland, African-Americans are more than three times as likely as whites to be admitted to a hospital for complications of diabetes. Diabetes is a largely preventable condition, and for those who have it, it can be managed. 

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association comments on the complex reasons for these differences. 

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