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Health reform circle The pandemic has already forced some positive change, such as improved access to telemedicine, but there is still so much more to be done. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The chaos, concern and stress of the coronavirus pandemic has weighed on us all in a range of ways emotionally, physically and mentally. Despite these new complications, so many of us have found ourselves embracing certain aspects of life that are reminiscent of the more simple lives our parents and grandparents experienced. Between the home improvement projects, trendy baking experiments, and camping in the backyard, this moment is reminding us how to stay in, stay local, spend more time with our families, and reevaluate what matters.

In our typical pre-pandemic routines, we sacrificed quality in the name of efficiency. Like many of you, I excelled at living life in the driver’s seat of the family car — hitting fast food drive-thrus to avoid grocery shopping, cooking and clean up, shuttling kids to endless activities while squeezing in back-to-back conference calls, and relegating my health to the backseat — even as a professional who specializes in health care policy. Over these past few difficult months, a “new normal” has taken hold, which has required so many of us, myself included, to reevaluate what matters, core to which, is our health.

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