Farmageddon 2013 is pretty much over. A few carrots, kale, and bok choy are still in the ground, but most of the other crops are fully harvested and the plants removed. Compost has been tilled into some of the the spots in preparation for Farmageddon 2014.
Last week I gave testimony to the Oak Park Village Board in support of a youth bicycle helmet ordinance (passed 5-2!). It was pure policy work for population-based health safety outcomes. Using my voice as a primary care physician (who just happens to bike to work regularly) was instrumental to the broader public health arguments made.
The “integration” of the two realms, primary care and public health, came up regularly throughout my year on the Board of Directors for the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians), especially through my Commission liaison role on the Health of the Public and Science.
I learned something new: public health and primary care aren’t integrated, and a number of groups are working to bridge the two.