This is a guest blog post by Allie Davanzo. Allie was my student in the New Media and Health Communication class I taught at TCNJ. More about the class is shared in this post.
Allie Davanzo is a sophomore Public Health major at The College of New Jersey who hopes to pursue a post graduate degree in occupational therapy. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys doing yoga, baking, and being outside.
Healthcare as we know it
Waiting for referrals from doctors in order to see specialists. Misunderstanding complex insurance policies. Being put on waiting lists for organ donation and for appointments. The endless struggle to see clinicians. Health professionals’ use of complicated and vague language. Uncertainty about diagnoses. The lack of transparency. Healthcare as we know it is anything but patient-friendly. While the American health care system has many flaws, we cannot immediately repair these logistical issues. However, we can focus on using art as a way to help patients better understand health care and help them to feel more present in their health care experiences.