The travelling season seems to be ramping up, and I’ll probably be making my way through quite a bit of the US this year. Currently, I am attending the National Association of Social Worker’s Conference (NASW) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There’s a particularly spiritual focus on this year’s conference–not surprising, given that New Mexico remains on the progressive edge of treatment options, despite the financial hurdles imposed by a teetering state-run healthcare system. Here’s a small pic of the conference held at the downtown Embassy Suites–please feel free to stop by and say hello if you’re in the area or attending.This past week also found me in California and Arizona, meeting with brain injury survivors and their family members. While I was driving my way through Palm Springs (along the stretch of road with a jillion windmills), I couldn’t help but think that brain injuries are coming more and more into a national focus, which is a great sign.
In some ways, however, American healthcare is behaving like a quintessential addict–few voices are willing to admit that there is a problem. But with obvious complications, such as the predominance of head injuries in Iraq and injuries affecting world leaders, it’s getting harder and harder to avoid the subject.