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Terry Leach
Terry Leach is a writer, health care attorney, and RN. She recently retired from her post as the coordinator of health policy for the University of California, Office of President, and as the Executive Director of UC's Center for Health Quality & Innovation.

She currently consults to a northern California county health department and is an instructor at UCSF.

Prior to this, she served as an Instructor of Health Policy at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, and as a health consultant to a California State Senator, working on the childhood obesity epidemic.

She also served as the Executive Director of the Rockridge Foundation, the progressive think tank founded by the linguist and author of "Don't Think of an Elephant," Dr. George Lakoff.

Ms. Leach also served as a health care attorney for ten years, offering
advice to hospital ethics committees as well as institutional review boards charged with overseeing clinical trials occurring in their institutions.

As a public health nurse, Ms. Leach provided care to migrant workers in
California's Central Valley as well as in the foothills and Bay Area.

Ms. Leach holds an MFA in writing from Bennington College, Vermont, a law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and a B.S. in Nursing with a concentration in Spanish from Cal State University, Sacramento. Several of her columns and stories about health care have been published in major newspapers, and in journals and short story collections.

Entries by Terry Leach

Expand CDC Precautions Based Upon Evidence-Based Science: Quarantine, Not a Ban

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 8:44 PM

All major public health organizations, including the International Red Cross, challenge the scientific merits of a travel ban on African nationals traveling from Ebola-affected countries. It doesn't take a leap to appreciate the political and possibly even xenophobic implications of calling for such a ban shortly before hotly contested midterm...

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What Might Health Care Reform Have to Do With H1N1?

(3) Comments | Posted October 19, 2009 | 1:45 PM

In June of 2008, researchers from the Tohoku University School of Medicine in Tokyo warned, in a report re-published by the CDC, well before the masked and panic-laden Spring Break of 2009 images from Mexico City emerged, that mortality rates from a future pandemic would likely be higher in...

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Barack Obama Stay Home: Health Care Reform Is Dying To Hear From You

(3) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 11:37 AM

Barack Obama, welcome home. Now, please stay home. We need your undivided attention, and brilliance. We need your ability to connect with the American people. We need your wisdom to elevate the parochial concerns of lawmakers facing re-election next year, to craft something many American presidents have tried to do,...

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Reflections on Reconciliation: Paradox of Excess & Deprivation

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2009 | 1:00 PM

As the economy continues to unwind with frightening speed, I think about the paradox of excess and deprivation and consider those who appear to have much when others, too many others, have so little.

And I wonder if only now, our new president may be able to bring us together,...

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Odds-Makers in Ireland Betting Palin Out Soon

(8) Comments | Posted September 3, 2008 | 3:20 PM

Only two times in the century leading up to 2004, did the betting markets get American elections wrong. Here's what the bookies in England and Ireland are betting on now:

Sarah Palin may be off the ticket as John McCain's running mate soon. The day before her 17-year old daughter's...

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Hillary Voters Voting for McCain -- Be Very Scared

(33) Comments | Posted August 26, 2008 | 3:34 PM

You know Democrats are worried about Senator Obama's chances when post-mortems begin on the first day of the Democratic Convention. Joan Walsh of, on MSNBC's Morning Joe program on Monday, August 25, shared with viewers that if Mr. Obama loses it's not because he's black. Newsflash: It's because he...

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Questioning Hillary Clinton's 'Victory' in Pennsylvania: The Rush Limbaugh Effect

(336) Comments | Posted May 5, 2008 | 8:28 PM

What if Democratic voters and the uncommitted superdelegates come to learn that Rush Limbaugh had a greater impact on Hillary Clinton's victory in Pennsylvania, and maybe Texas and Ohio, than say, the Reverend Wright, and the so-called 'bitter' comments? Would such a finding influence how voters view the Pennsylvania 'victory?'

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What Democratic Presidential Candidates Must Do to Earn the Middle Vote

(7) Comments | Posted August 22, 2007 | 5:06 PM

Candidates for public office understand that most American families are juggling incompatible career and family obligations, largely on their own. Not as widely debated is the connection between low voter turn-out and the intolerable burdens placed upon our voters in the middle. In the middle between rich and poor, between...

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Humor and Integrity: A Guide on Evaluating the Democratic Candidates

(4) Comments | Posted April 26, 2007 | 5:17 PM

Anyone who has ever taken on the task of persuading another person to consider another point of view must decide whether to incorporate humor into her presentation.

We've all sat through the safe lecture in college that was intended to offend no one, and succeeded. More to the...

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Why George W. Bush has Made Me Promiscuous

(12) Comments | Posted March 2, 2007 | 11:38 AM

John Edwards' full head of hair is looking good to me. And, I must admit that I like the way Barack grins when he's addressing an adoring crowd. And did you see the gracious way in which Al Gore handled himself at the Oscars? Not a misplaced sigh all night,...

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The Marginalization of Normal

(14) Comments | Posted February 11, 2007 | 8:09 PM

Maybe it's a boomer thing. Those of us in the right age demographic, who grew up on Vonnegut and Ken Kesey, seem to have an inbred sense of 'normal radar,' when we feel like inmates in an asylum whose jailers are seriously psychotic, yet unfailingly polite.

You ever feel...

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Battered Women's Syndrome and George W. Bush

(44) Comments | Posted February 3, 2007 | 4:17 PM

I know I'm going out on a limb here. But go with me even if half the population declares that I've failed the p.c. test for professional women Democratic strategists. I'm wondering if our lawmakers and the American people are suffering from some sort of collective "Battered Women's Syndrome or...

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The Democratic Penchant for Self-Sabotage

(12) Comments | Posted November 28, 2006 | 5:49 PM

I see a dismal future for the Democratic Party notwithstanding our victories on November 7th. Why? Our penchant for marginalizing our truth-tellers surely deserves an honorable mention. Winning "Miss Congeniality" in the contest for self-sabotage is our practice of castigating those among us who dare to set high expectations....

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