My hometown of Newport News, Virginia, is typical of many coastal population centers in the southeast: Its blackest and poorest neighborhoods are also among those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. For these communities, global warming isn’t a faraway, long-term problem; it’s a present threat.
People often ask me if I think technology will soon replace psychiatrists. That’s unlikely to happen. But one day, patients may tap technology to get better care. And that’s good news — if we have the government policies and provider practices in place to ensure that the technology is used thoughtfully.