Scenes from a frozen Minnesota lake

On Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

Hey.  This is going to be a weird post.

I went for a run today on a balmy January day near my home in Minneapolis.  Along the way I encountered frozen canoes by a lake shore, ducks swimming in a rare patch of open water, and thousands of people on a frozen lake – walking, swinging on gigantic wooden swing sets, biking, fishing, running, dressing up like butterflies, even standing in a circle while singing old hymns.  I saw guys running in shorts.  OK, that last part is not too weird, after all, it was 39 degrees today.  In Minnesota that qualifies as shorts weather in January.

Of course, I wore headphones playing a mix of Prince songs.  It was a terrific Minnesota kind of day.

I’m going to share a bit of it with you, my Healthy Matters friends.  There’s no medical talk here – no influenza or heart disease or illness or any kind.   To those of you feeling sick today, I hope you feel better soon!  But for now just some thoughts and pictures from a day when I felt really alive.  Surrounded by active, artsy, whimsical people.  Today I’m thankful for nature, for winter days, for my Minnesota neighbors – and I’m going to share a bit of it with you.

So if you wish, I invite you to check out some scenes from a frozen Minnesota lake .  .  .  (with some links to cool stuff) . . .

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Home, sweet (medical) home

A cute little steep roofed home and fence

Hey and how are ya?  C’mon in, grab a cup of coffee.  Thanks for stopping by to my Healthy Matters home.

Today I’m going to talk about Health Care Homes, aka Medical Homes, aka the Next-Generation-of-Medical-Delivery, aka the Clinic-Where-Everybody-Knows-Your-Name, aka the World’s Greatest Clinic Idea, aka the Clinic-System-We-All-Wish-We-Had.

You may have heard, but probably not, about Medical Homes.  It is a term that has appeared in the past few years, really gaining traction around 2010 when the Affordable Care Act became law in the United States.  Medical homes are an attempt to make the health care system more patient-friendly, less fragmented, easier to navigate, and more cost-effective.

To start, please watch the following video about the HCMC Coordinated Care Clinic, a nationally-recognized and award-winning program in the Health Care Home model.   The doctor in the video (Dr. Paul Johnson) was and is a colleague and teacher of mine.  He’s wicked smart and simply an awesome doctor. 

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