Dec 31 2012

YOUR Top Five Blog Posts of 2012

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Human Capital Blog published more than 350 posts in 2012. On Friday, we shared five of the ten most-read posts published on this blog in 2012. Today, as we prepare to usher in a new year, we report on the top five.

Isolation in America: Does Living Alone Mean Being Alone? In this provocative piece, Eric Klinenberg, PhD, recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, discussed his well-reviewed book, “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.” It looks at the health problems associated with social isolation. Klinenberg calls the increase in people living alone the country’s “biggest demographic change since the baby boom.” His post attracted the biggest audience on this blog in 2012.

Supreme Court Ruling Offers a Sense of Hope. This very personal piece by Thomas Tsang, MD, FACP, an alumnus of the RWJF Health Policy Fellows program, was the second most-read post on this blog in all of 2012. Tsang reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding key elements of the Affordable Care Act from the perspective of immigrant families like his own. Tsang said he hoped the ruling would allow “the country [to] start healing together and work on finding better solutions for future generations who believe that life is indeed better here in America—as my parents and I still do.”

Legal Experts Were Completely Stunned by John Roberts’ Health Care Opinion.  This post by RWJF Investigator Mark Hall, JD, also addressed the U.S. Supreme Court’s health reform ruling.  “We all knew it would be close, but we never saw this coming,” he blogged about the Chief Justice’s vote to uphold the highly controversial individual mandate. It was the third most-read post on the RWJF Human Capital Blog in 2012.

A Doctor Delivers Multiple Acts of Human Kindness to Homeless Women. “She was just one more homeless woman who had been raped, a ‘nobody,’ just more paperwork,” blogged RWJF Community Health Leader Roseanne H. Means, MD, explaining why a woman in her care didn’t report an attack to police. Means founded an organization that provides free medical care—as well as kindness and respect—to homeless women in Boston. In the fourth most-read post on this blog in 2012, Means shared her experiences caring for some of the most vulnerable women in her community. 

Decline in Physician Visits: What’s Behind the Trend?  In late 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that physicians in hospitals were seeing fewer patients than in the past. Part of the reason was that advanced practice nurses and physician assistants were seeing some patients who otherwise might have seen doctors, but other research found that patients concerned about costs were seeking care less often. Posted on the RWJF Human Capital blog in late 2011, this post generated a lively discussion that continued well into 2012; it was the fifth most-read blog post this year.


Tags: Community Health Leaders, Health Policy Fellows, Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research, Mental and Emotional Well-Being