Kate On Aurora Levins Morales' Poetry Reading

Aurora captivated the entire room!  She is a very gifted author who writes directly from the heart.  Her self-proclaimed “medicinal stories” are exactly that—restorative words that have healing power through a kinship and affinity to those living on the margins of society.  

In a world full of economic and social injustices faced by so many walks of life, Aurora reminds us of our inherent cooperative nature; and debunks the idea that we are hardwired for war and greed.  She points out that, “things are the way they are because they got that way”.  This reminds me of another quote by W. Edwards Demming: “every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets”. So, if we want to change the structure, we have to be the architects. 

Kate Zenlea, MPH, CPH | Senior Program Coordinator, The Global Health Initiative at Henry Ford Health System

Kate develops and tests programmatic interventions, guided by quality improvement frameworks, to implement sustainable change. She is dedicated to reducing health inequities and empowering underserved communities to live healthier lives. She is particularly interested in addressing the relationship between socioeconomic status and health disparities as it relates to immigrant and refugee populations. Kate is a graduate of New York University’s College of Global Public Health, with a focus in international and community health. 

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