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Dispatch from Seattle, v5: What field hospitals look like

DJ Wilson | Mar 25, 2020 | Federal

Over the weekend, I left the house for the first time in 9 days. I'd been out for runs or walks with the family. I'd played outside with the kids. But, I hadn't gone for a drive in 9 days. I had heard rumors of a new field hospital getting...[ Read More ]

Dispatch from Seattle v4: On working to acceptance of the "new normal"

DJ Wilson | Mar 24, 2020 | Alaska, California, Federal, Hawaii, Oregon

Dealing with the COVID crisis definitely has a process. It's not unlike the five stages of grief, to be honest. Unless you're in NYC, if you're outside of Seattle, we're still about 2-4 weeks ahead of you. So, you may not have worked through these stages yet. Or, you may...[ Read More ]

Dispatch from Seattle v3: On bravery

DJ Wilson | Mar 23, 2020 | Federal

We have a sensationalized view of courage and bravery. It comes from the movies, where the bravest among us are willing to sacrifice it all to save a loved one or to stand up for a sacred principle. We think of being brave as "staying at our post" during a...[ Read More ]

Dispatch from Seattle v2: On closing schools

DJ Wilson | Mar 17, 2020 | Alaska, California, Federal, Hawaii, Oregon

One of the first impactful things to happen in response to the COVID virus is the closing of schools. It's impacting families, school districts and the transmission of the disease itself. Here in Seattle, America's epicenter of the disease, there have been some notable lessons learned about school closures over...[ Read More ]

Dispatch from Seattle, v1

DJ Wilson | Mar 11, 2020 | Alaska, California, Federal, Hawaii, Oregon

State of Reform now covers health policy in nine states. We host events in 13 markets, and have a significant federal beat we cover, too. That means our team is in a lot of places, and we engage in quite a bit of travel. But, we're actually based in the...[ Read More ]

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