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“we all make mistakes. If we live in this world…”

Writing from Community of Practice Dr. Cirila Estela Vasquez Guzman shared a raw paragraph she wrote during Ripping the Bandaid Off: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis, led by Leslie Gregory. Read on! Ripping the band-aid off is the moment when you realize you yourself can be biased as well. No one is immune…

Three Hour Glucose Test

I have wished to be silent, to sleep deeply,my body grown large again. Cravingonly the juices – no pulp, no bone.Before, my prayers were always thy will not mine. Now I want only this small life inside. Not in return for anything. The arc of a small arm in blackness, texture of spine. Five vials of drawn blood. I have eaten sugar and…

I am the emotion for this machine

Her eyes blink heavilybeneath a sloppy wigChest rising and fallingHeart beating hardas I touch my sister’s wrist She can’t reactwhen the nurses drag the breathing tubeacross her eye, let it sit tangled in her hair so I wince instead, ask them to be carefulremind them she is my sister I am showing the care they…

Poet Elizabeth Paulson with her Grandmother. Covid is rampant in the Pacific Islander community and the writer wanted to use this opportunity to destigmatize mask wearing.

RX: A Poetic Act of Resistance and Resilience

What gives us olagaWhat gives us soifua maloloina The rationed insulin                                                 The hard pills to swallow Only heal the                         Physical                                                 Pain What prescription              Can be written                                     To heal the                                                              Trauma                                                                         We have                                                                                      Survived Our hypertension             Is a reflection                          Of the stress                                      And salty diets forced upon us                                As our culture was stolen What could I prescribe…

“I can’t breathe.”

These are the devastating words uttered by George Floyd before he was murdered by a white police officer on May 25, 2020. Collectively, our communities and cities are breathing, shouting, and demanding justice for Mr. Floyd and countless other men, women, and children of color before him. At Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative, Black Lives Matter…

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