First and foremost, I hope this issue finds you happy, healthy, and well. I thought it was important to take a moment to let you know that production of this edition of Policy & Practice was already underway before the COVID-19 pandemic swept our country so the stories in this issue do not directly address the crisis. We do, however, dedicate this issue to everyone on the front lines working tirelessly to support the communities where we all live, work, and play. On behalf of everyone at APHSA, we thank you for the meaningful and necessary work you are doing every day.
It is not uncommon that uncertain times bring fear, stress, and anxiety into our daily lives but if you take some time to take a closer look, you can also find daily acts of selflessness and love. Of course, as already mentioned, we highlight our nation's brave front-line workers and healthcare professionals but there are also those staying at home who are making masks for others, providing homegrown fruits and vegetables or grocery deliveries, performing virtual living room concerts, donating to nonprofits, creating outdoor art and messages of hope, and the list continues. Then there are the thousands of organizations providing understanding and empathy to their employees and customers and a much-needed willingness to adapt to the times. And through it all, the lessons we are learning during this unprecedented time create a unique need and opportunity for an already creative and innovative country to take these qualities further and come out of this with new hope, realizations, solutions, and unyielding drive.
Perhaps through social distancing, people will realize just how much we all actually...