NJ SOPHE is starting a book club as a new way to engage with health educators. We hope that you'll join us for the first virtual meeting on Monday, November 16 at 7:30 PM.
We'll be discussing the book "Upstream" by Dan Heath. Please get the book (try your local library or Amazon) and read it before the meeting.
Most of us have heard the metaphor of saving people from drowning in a river vs. heading upstream to find out why they're falling in. This book addresses "upstream thinking" in public health as well as other domains.
"So often in life, we get stuck in a cycle of response. We put out fires. We deal with emergencies. We stay downstream, handling one problem after another, but we never make our way upstream to fix the systems that caused the problems. Cops chase robbers, doctors treat patients with chronic illnesses, and call-center reps address customer complaints. But many crimes, chronic illnesses, and customer complaints are preventable. So why do our efforts skew so heavily toward reaction rather than prevention?"