When I started the lifestyle nonprofit, Clean Your Plate, in 2017, it was out of desperation for someone to address preventative care in a way that was accessible, engaging, thought provoking, and innovative. I wanted it for myself but it was also deeply rooted in changing my community. When I founded Re:Think Health, a community educational platform, In 2020 it was out of the need to reach my fellow healthcare professionals and current medical students. According to the Harvard report, physician burnout is “a public health crisis that urgently demands action.” Half of all physicians report troubling symptoms: depression, exhaustion, dissatisfaction and a sense of failure. Once again I wanted something better for myself but also something better for my colleagues.
Danielle Shelton, MD, writes about how advocacy helps our patients, but can help us (physicians), too.