No One In Need of Healthcare Should be Turned Away, Not Ever

It’s a bold statement but an important one. Healthcare is a basic human right, not to just those who can afford it.

St. Vincent Health, a mission-driven alliance of healthcare providers in Indiana, raises funds through its foundation to provide top-of-the-line patient care to those who cannot afford it on their own. Over the past several years, I have supported the foundation’s lifesaving mission and am honored to be recognized by St. Vincent for the Lifetime Achievement, among others.

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The Bren and Melvin Simon Foundation Donates New Aspen Institute Pavilion in Madeline Albright’s Honor to Foster Open-Minded Dialogue on Today’s Pressing Issues

Rendering of the new pavilion and terrace at the Aspen Meadows Reception Center, Aspen Meadows Resort, Aspen, Colorado.

Rendering of the new pavilion and terrace at the Aspen Meadows Reception Center, Aspen Meadows Resort, Aspen, Colorado.

I have long admired the Aspen Institute for its deep-rooted history as a thought-provoking organization dedicated to improving the world. The organization and its scholars foster open-minded dialogue and as such, I wanted to help create a meeting place for discussion on challenges facing our nation and the world.

That is why the Bren and Melvin Simon Foundation is sponsoring the development of a new pavilion and terrace located at the Institute’s location in Aspen, Colorado.

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Your Vote Matters

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified giving women one of the greatest rights of the modern century – the right to vote. Voting is the vehicle of which many important rights are secured and the way our country makes important decisions on leadership, laws, and set standards not only for our country, but for the watching world. [Read more…]

Revolutionizing the Health Care Industry: UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases

Science is constantly changing and adapting. New technology is being created and developed that is heavily influencing how we live our lives. Specifically, health care innovations are improving substantially and are dramatically influencing patient care and scientific development for the better. The grandeur of the impact these new technologies bring compelled me to partner with the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases to aid them in enhancing their technology and scientific research. [Read more…]

Opportunities to Improve Women’s Rights

“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” — Sheila Murray Bethel

Some of the best people I know are also the strongest, smartest, and most powerful women I know. We make up more than half of the population of the world and many have paved the way for us to stand where we do today, and we all should be so proud to be women. While things have improved greatly from the days of Cady B. Stanton, women, at times, still have a harder time obtaining high profile jobs or making equal salary to men. [Read more…]

No One Should Suffer From Hunger: The Story of Gleaners Food Bank

I am always awe inspired when I encounter truly dedicated individuals who are making a positive difference in their communities. They are selfless, compassionate people who devote their lives and jobs to making other people’s lives a little bit better. These people motivate me and make me strive to be a better person. These are the kinds of neighbors you find at Gleaners Food Bank.

Gleaners Food Bank is the largest charitable provider of food in Indianapolis, Indiana. They started in 1980 and currently serve 21 counties and 350 agencies. Gleaners is in its 4th generation of service and would not be possible without its donors or volunteers. [Read more…]

A Peaceful Sky Garden for Continuing Recovery

When you or a loved one is ill, the healing process can be daunting whether it is recovering from the common cold or other times when it requires months of medical treatment and patience. For those times when the healing process is extended, patients find themselves under the care of physicians in sterile, clinical environments. While this atmosphere is necessary to the speedy improvement of health, sometimes smelling the crisp morning air, sitting amongst flowers, or watching the birds play in the sky can help with healing all in its own beauty. [Read more…]

Investing in a Child’s Educational Experience

Education has always been a topic that sparks a flame of action in my heart. Taking an interest in education really means taking an interest in our students today. And while they may seem to be only young tots reading picture books or teenagers facing algebra problems at the board, they will one day be the adults tasked with responsibilities for our communities and our world – CEOs, mailmen, doctors, politicians, mothers, volunteers, and neighbors. However, due to a myriad of reasons and circumstances, not all students are provided with equal tools and levels of support needed in order to blossom and grow into educated individuals. [Read more…]

Giving Back to Our Environment

The act and idea of giving can be thought of in a variety of ways. You give a gift to someone when it’s their birthday. Or you make a donation to your religious organization. Or you spend a few hours every Saturday at the local animal shelter. Being a giver in your community is different for different people. However, have you ever thought about giving back to the environment you live in? Developing a lifestyle of being environmentally conscious can be a gift not only to yourself and your neighbors, but for generations to come. [Read more…]

Women’s Equality Day

“There will never be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
Susan B. Anthony

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
Maya Angelou

“With passion and courage, women have taught us that when we band together to advocate for our highest ideals, we can advance our common well-being and strengthen the fabric of our nation.”
President Barack Obama

Today, we take a moment to celebrate the adoption of the 19th amendment with National Women’s Equality Day. On the morning of August 26, 1920, the ratified amendment arrived in Washington, D.C. after being passed in the House and Senate in January of 1918 and 1919, respectively. The right to vote was granted to women across the nation once then Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified it. [Read more…]