Do you have a hunch?

A hunch is an inkling, a possibility, a sneaking suspicion about the future. It’s that thought you’ve been turning over in your head that just might mean you’re onto something. We don’t often share our hunches, but when we do, amazing things can happen!

At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we have a hunch your hunch can help build a Culture of Health. We hope you’ll share it with us.

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I wonder if... Biden gonna release another stimmy

James

I have a hunch that... if we rapidly translated high-quality new evidence from definitive, well-done studies into clinical guidelines, practice and policy, we could save countless years of suffering and millons of preventable deaths. So why don't we?

Karen Armitage

I'm noticing that... traditional health care does not measure the most powerful predictor of both length and quality of life, even though it is fast, easy, evidence-based, and patients can easily monitor it at home and improve it with simple interventions...why not?

Karen Armitage

I wonder if... modular education is going to get its tipping point moment soon

AS

I have a hunch that... RWJF would fund a wrap-around project for homeless families that provides a house, subsidized day care, job skills training in home rehab, homeowner training, educational support for children and youth, organized by Junction Coalition of Toledo OH

Marya Czech

I'm noticing that... Colleagues who used to eat during meetings don’t like to eat on camera.

Lori M

I wonder if... A capped number of miles everyone is allowed to fly could be a solution to excessive air travel. People could trade with those who wanted more.

Lori m

I wonder if... Attention to white supremacist influence will result in more creative table settings ...or if eating from the outside in is just easier?

Lori M

I have a feeling that... we can learn a lot from the way horoscopes are written. Almost everyone can identify with them, and they can even change mindsets at times. Can we tap into that when talking about health & equity?

Eugenia

I wonder if... We’ll still call into zoom/have a google doc open during meetings after we return to the office so folks can still enter thoughts in some type of “chat” to offer different ways to participate

Julie

I wonder if... there will be a "post-COVID"

Steve

I'm noticing that... Fewer people are sharing fewer funny Memes about the Covid experience

Lori m

I have a hunch that... classes will be taught outdoors more in the future

Jemma

I'm noticing that... there is a lack of resources to support teachers providing virtual or in person learning during the pandemic.

Eloni

I'm noticing that... people are asking what is essential in education

jlm

I have a feeling that... recent grads will struggle with securing employment upon graduation.

Wally

I wonder if... schools will have a more intensive curriculum next year to make up for what was "lost" this year

Tonya

I wonder if... more people will want to study public health in school and college in the future because of the pandemic

Jemma

I have a feeling that... graduation re-dos will happen post-covid.

wally

I wonder if... kids will share more about their school day and school work after being home and living through so much of with family in real time

jls

I have a hunch that... Educational innovation will flourish next year

Lori m

I wonder if... schools will keep a hybrid model and physical class sizes will be smaller

Tonya

I have a feeling that... Kids will wear masks all next year too. I wonder if new innovative kids masks will emerge...like with scented inserts

Lori m

I have a feeling that... the families who are not sending their kids back to in-person school are the ones that need it the most with lasting implications for equity in the future

Jemma

I have a feeling that... higher education workforce will shrink as a result of COVID-19 budget cuts.

Wally

I have a hunch that... many schools will struggle with recovering financially from the impact of COVID-19.

Wally

I wonder if... narrative change can lead to increased enrolment in trade schools/education

Julie

I wonder if... schools will extend through the summer this year--and stay year-round going forward

Jemma

I wonder if... schools will have more pets and plants in classrooms now as an outcome of people being at home with more living things around them all day

jls

I wonder if... people will continue to order groceries online and for curbside pickup after the pandemic or if people prefer selecting their own food.

Amy G

I have a hunch that... even while so many students are eager to get back into the classroom, there will be more young kids who want to be home schooled after the pandemic.

Amy G

I'm noticing that... dogs being walked outside are confused and wondering why random people don’t stop to show them as much love as they used to.

Amy G

I wonder if... The effectiveness (or not) of SARS/CoV-2 variants and vaccines are associated with or determined by environmental factors such as temperature, specific humidity, air quality and therefore seasonal, geographical variables?

Sushel Unninayar

I wonder if... There are genes that are correlated with death from Covid that are disappearing from the human race?

Lori m

I wonder if... There are patterns in the ZIP Codes of nannies who are first to be vaccinated

Lori m

I wonder if... Companies like Square do behavioral economics inspired experiments to see which three options results in the highest percentage tip?

Lori m

I'm noticing that... more people are shifting from "outputs" and focusing on "outcomes" in 2021.

Alexis

I'm noticing that... YouTube doesn't let you preview videos on some messaging platforms because they need you to visit their site and watch an ad. Will this shift our current ways of sharing information and content in the future?

Alexis

I wonder if... The people helping family members register online for vaccines will be tapped to be a “help desk” for seniors who now feel they have access to web based services going forward. I worry about inequity in access to these people.

Lori m

I wonder if... The vaccine distribution chaos will reveal our broken emergency management system.

Jani

I have a feeling that... STDs will be on the rise once high schools around the US open up fully.

Julia A Mossbridge

I wonder if... Watching a 79 year old serve as President will help combat ageism.

Lori m

I wonder if... we could learn from what makes online disinformation work and leverage that knowledge to effectively combat it, by creating "good" bots that automatically scan social media for disinformation/bullying and counter in real time with factual messages.

Yolande

I wonder if... The states can create an app that you put your status (age, health condition, job) into and it alerts you when you are eligible for the Covid vaccine and prompts you to make appointments at nearby facilities.

Kelly m.

I'm noticing that... People with kids are lamenting that their Spotify algorithm doesn’t serve them

Lori m

I wonder if... Young people like “classical music “

Lori m

I wonder if... there's a way that we can change the narrative so that the media and other institutions become trusted again. It seems crucial if we're going to have an educated populace.

Patti

I wonder if... The continued roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine will change prevention behaviors currently used to mitigate the virus spread.

Linda B

I'm noticing that... Every person I have asked to recommend a kid’s book has told me their kid doesn’t read anymore

Lori m

I wonder if... we provided bikes to every second grader in America & taught them how to ride if obesity numbers would decline? In Cuba when there were not enough cars & transportation was an issue, they imported bikes & suddenly people lost weight. Crazy or not?

Kim Blanda

I wonder if... We as a country are truly ready to shift to a equitable and fair health care system. We can, but insurance companies and health care service providers need to be willing to work towards change.

The Urban Health Collaborative

I have a hunch that... ePatients are hackers they just don't know it yet.

Andrea Downing

I'm noticing that... cash will be a faded memory, a relic.

Kimi

I have a hunch that... We can create sustainable wealth transfer (defined as $50-150k) for families w/out wealth (< $10k - 15k in assets?). It can occur in 15 yrs. It can create community. Hunch is it’s housing. could this happen? Trying in buffalo. Plz contact w/ideas

John Haughton

I have a feeling that... we'll recognize the need to replace our mostly analog health information infrastructure -- enabling safe and secure sharing of PHI -- with a mostly digital health information infrastructure. We can't improve health care without better information!

Bob Brown

I'm noticing that... we aren't hearing enough about the radical change that COVID-19 should get us implementing. We need to think and act bigger!

Matthew Holt

I wonder if... the perceptions of those nearing retirement will change when they face the often unaffordable cost of housing and health care. Will government, communities, and families be more valued? Will we understand we are all in this together?

Mark Frisse

I wonder if... we could use the COVID crisis as a way to unblock medical misinformation channels? And I wonder what will happen if we fail to? Can we use this energy to fix, rather than entrench, social mistrust in clinical messages.

Fred Trotter

I'm noticing that... when people listen -with openness to real-life stories of those whose lives differ from theirs, they begin to connect with a part of themselves that breathes better, opens up to love better, and allows greater wellbeing.

Julia Mossbridge

I have a hunch that... among the 2,700 Community Emergency Response Teams (TEAMS), there are few teams in low resource inner cities or rural areas. A focus on building CERT teams & encouraging membership in Citizen Corps, may be a way to further build community capacity.

Noreen A Hynes

I wonder if... People who used to spend a lot of time commuting in the car are finding that their knees are healthier these days. I wonder if that is contributing to them being more physically active?

Lori m

I'm noticing that... Much to my surprise, my kids have no complaints about wearing a mask all day at school. I have to remind them to take it off when they get home.

Lori m

I have a hunch that... Continuing to do parent teacher conferences virtually after the pandemic could increase health equity by making it easier for parents who work to connect with their child’s teacher .

Lori M

I wonder if... Diversifying the pipeline of social workers could have positive impacts on the mental wellbeing of communities of color.

Trista

I wonder if... the things status is associated with now (high price) will change (sustainable)

AS

I have a feeling that... proximity, not discourse, is the way to build stronger communities and bridge divides.

Eli Pariser

Did you ever notice that… people light up when they are allowed to share their personal stories.

Gregory Townsend

I wonder if... The fact that wearing a mask is protecting other people will provide a small mood boost to people able to make that act daily.

Lori M

I wonder if... covid-19 will normalize working from home and working less, freeing us up to spend more time with loved ones and less time chained to our offices.

Kari

I wonder if... breakthroughs in biotechnology and synthetic biology will create greater equality or widen the gaps

Jennifer Karppinen

I wonder if... the population losses experienced by rustbelt cities like Cleveland and Detroit will become a more widespread phenomenon in the US, as the national population ages, Millennial women postpone or forgo having children, and immigration rates decline.

Terry Schwarz

I have a feeling that... Food shortages during covid will change how we think about food waste moving forward. I think we will be more careful like our Great Depression era family members.

TH

I'm noticing that... children who were bullied in the classroom are flourishing during remote learning.

Sherry

I wonder if... teaching as a profession will be valued more due to Covid-19

E

I wonder if... virtual reality will be used as a tool to create social interactions remotely.

Eloni

I'm noticing that... children are becoming very frustrated in remote learning and not being in the company of their peers; I'm thinking they will appreciate and cooperate with classroom learning much more after they return, post COVID-19. How can we capitalize on this?

Sherry

I wonder if... introverts will excel more with students learning offline

Jody Struve

I have a feeling that... addressing mental health issues will become even more important in schools due to the effects of remote learning.

E

I wonder if... People would be able to better navigate through personal 'problems' if we all felt more comfortable sharing among our peers?

Eden P

I wonder if... the narrower than expected win by Biden, falling short in gaining Senate seats, and the loss of House seats will lead some Democrats and activists to rethink some of the words used in social justice work, such as "defund the police"?

Elise

I'm noticing that... much of what we know about our country's history is skewed and continues to harm Black Americans and Indigenous communities. We learned it in school as children.

Britt M

I wonder if... parents of distance learners are getting better at math

lori m

I wonder if... companies like Misfits Market and Imperfect Foods will actually make a dent in reducing food waste

Britt

I have a feeling that... we will see more food insecurity as the population grows and climate worsens, and we will get smart about land use - shifting from livestock to crops so that we can feed more people.

BM

I have a hunch that... people who spend more time thinking about the future vote differently than people who spend more time thinking about the present

lori m

I'm noticing that... there is a lot of anxiety right now around the election.

Alexis

I wonder if... kids will have a healthier sense of identity as so many do/will create avatars and vivatars to represent themselves in their online education experience and so doing have a new way of continually exploring who they are and want to be

JLS

I have a feeling that... A “cancelled” Halloween that rocked signals that many Long standing holiday traditions will be interrupted and changed, in many cases for the better this year!

Lori

I wonder if... composting is essential to keeping the soil and our food healthy. Imagine if we all composted our food, how nutrient our food sources would be instead of eating food with less nutritional value.

Kim

I wonder if... enhancing the social environment at healthcare facilities would foster healthcare trust, promote healthy behaviors, and ultimately improve health outcomes for diverse populations.

Rahshida Atkins

I wonder if... Alternative solution for the current COVID 19 testing & contact tracing Challenge: Corona virus is spreading like a wild fire in the community and its related to the way we conduct testing and contact tracing with extensive delay to get test results and initiate contact tracing.

Dr Frank Hamo

I have a feeling that... If health information and communication were better personalized, culturally-appropriate and relevant for patients, we could improve engagement in care and health outcomes.

Lisa Fitzpatrick

I wonder if... in the future we might use robots to deliver medications to people or to disinfect rooms in hospitals and schools to prevent spread of viruses and germs...

Michelle Ruggio

Did you ever notice that… Some smaller agencies have a better capacity to provide ongoing support and wraparound integrative services to individuals and families even through tele health?

Wendy

I wonder if... COVID19 has impacted young women on cusp of turning 27 whose final HPV vaccines were postponed in March. They finally go back in June but now are 28 & their insurance does not cover due to age. Now price goes from covered to $400 & some cant afford and go w/out final shot.

MM

I have a feeling that... Black and Latino should be get loans for their small businesses easier.

Chuck Hockey

I wonder if... If we had more rigorous, non-partisan research on the spread of COVID-19 if there would be a consensus on how we should respond?

H.M.

I have a feeling that... children would enjoy hearing a story a bedtime by calling a 1-800 number? Or a lonely elderly person could call and hear a story? What if we could access public libraries for on line stories? This could be a service initiative for nursing students in Community Health!

Dr. Cynthia Hammond

I wonder if... we should be taking a closer look at shared and congregate housing options for formerly homeless individuals to minimize social isolation, allow for sharing of scarce resources and creating purposeful opportunities to cook, shop, tend to the house, a garden and pets!

Kerry H Morrison

I have a feeling that... there will be an increased demand for flexible childcare and recreation offerings for children and adolescents. For example – more drop in neighborhood services and casual after school recreation and homework centers.

Sharon Roerty

I have a feeling that... With more people working from home, my slow hunch is that we will see increased community activism & volunteering leading to more women in elected and decision-making positions.

Sharon Roerty

I have a feeling that... Demands for municipal services will increase. My hunch is that we will see an increased focus on and demand for green infrastructure because people will be more observant of their local environment.

Sharon Roerty

I have a feeling that... if we'd talk about mental health like we do cancer we would decrease the amount of suicides, put a dent in domestic violence crimes and actually change the shame game we all play. What if at a cocktail party we didn't ask what do you do rather we ask what's your MH story?

Lisa

I have a feeling that... Many smaller Main St. businesses will go under, and our neighbourhoods will become more same - same because the big chains will become even more ubiquitous.

Bruce Haden

I wonder if... New Yorkers who have moved to small towns in Long Island will register to vote out there and flip local elections? or if they will all just register to vote remotely...

Lori M

I wonder if... Doctors in Long Island and other NY suburbs will acquire patients from NYC.

Lori M

Did you ever notice that… Ive noticed that I have gotten no robocalls since COVID hit the US

Lori M

I have a feeling that... our new normal will include smaller in-person social groups with a social-contract to regularly share personal health information related to infectious diseases. Will we spend more time cultivating the in-person relationships which could have positive impact on mental health.

Anna

I have a feeling that... we will spend months (years?) understanding the undocumented impact of delayed "elective procedures" and "non-urgent clinic appointments" for patients --- and that income disparities will dictate who was adversely impacted the most.

Anna

I wonder if... the covid-19 pandemic will exacerbate diet-related health disparities based on existing inequalities (e.g., access to healthy food, food security, who has time to cook, etc)?

Rina

I have a feeling that... ...since elevated resting heart rate is associated with inflammation, self-tracking RHR will give early warning of infection, so we can make better judgments about social distancing as the pandemic enters its "chronic" phase.

Gary Wolf

I wonder if... As many consumers shift shopping in store to using store and 3rd parties (Instacart, Shipt) shopping services for pick-up or delivery, can retail and food service workers effectively advocate for more consistent and flexible work schedules that promote a culture of health?

Donita

I wonder if... schools will find ways to teach skills like sharing in a virtual setting. If schools remain closed for long-term how will some of these social skills be taught and experienced, especially in younger kids?

JodyS

Did you ever notice that… families that have kids in different schools are having vastly inequitable online learning experiences...some are getting no online learning at all

Lori m

I wonder if... The heightened awareness that frontline workers are not being valued the way they should be, along with the impending financial crisis, will be a shock to the system that leads to a change in our current social contract (hopefully positive!)

Julie

Did you ever notice that… the pace of our news cycle isn’t very compatible with the scientific method? When we can’t wait for science to reach consensus, how do we report on important, but uncertain early findings without creating confusion?

Eugenia

I have a feeling that... social distancing will have a lasting impact on the way we exercise outdoors and attend workout classes.

Alexis

I wonder if... The panic around germs will continue after COVID-19, will this push more stores to invest in AI? For example: contactless delivery/pick-up, self check-outs, virtual social gatherings...etc.

Eden P

I wonder if... Our experience of COVID-19 Quarantine will encourage kids to put down the tablets and go outside and play more?

Eden P

Did you ever notice that… health systems only really exist for populations that offer profit to the system? Could a 'health system' be created around the uninsured/underinsured to provide a PPO network they could use to receive care wherever they may be in a given area?

Matthew

I wonder if... Summer camp will be cancelled. If online options are offered I wonder if kids will participate

Lori M

I have a feeling that... being exposed to the work (from home) of our loved ones will give us new appreciation for what people close to us go through each day--what excites them, what is hard, what they are good at--and may lead to healthier relationships.

JLS

Did you ever notice that… There are rats on the streets of New York City these days

Lori m

I wonder if... New Yorkers who are fleeing the city for COVID and feeling ill will in their new communities will have more empathy for immigrants in the future

Lori m

I wonder if... schools will become less segregated as widespread virtual learning due to COVID opens up new opportunities for learning across geographic, cultural, and physical boundaries.

Anjli

I have a feeling that... while many who have means to stock homes w/ food & snacks are joking about a "pandemic 20" weight gain, in actuality, they will lose weight and feel healthier due to more cooking at home. How can we can use this massive real-time data to support healthier eating?

JodyS

I wonder if... medical schools, residency programs will have years where no class matriculates now that MCAT and Steps are being cancelled/postponed.

AS

I wonder if... colleges will lean more on other admissions factors as SAT and other exams are being cancelled/postponed

AS

I have a feeling that... great things will come from all the extra sleep teenagers will be getting over the next couple of months

Lori m

I wonder if... there is going to be extreme food conservation or extreme food waste during this quarantine

Lori m

I have a feeling that... kids increased exposure to technology during the COVID-19 crisis will both speed up their capacity to use and increase their dependence on technology -- with ensuing health impacts to follow.

Ben

Did you ever notice that… I have been noticing that people are being much more friendly than they were in the past while walking outside. Before they might have been in their own world and now there is always a smile and a wave even though we make sure we are 6 feet apart

Lori m

I wonder if... people will exercise outside more because of social distancing

Alexis

I wonder if... We can tell a lot about a community by which products fly off the shelves first in anticipation of a quarantine

Lori m

I wonder if... Work colleagues will stop shaking hands after Covid 19

Lori m

I wonder if... the COVID 19 outbreak will lead to universal health coverage and paid sick leave for all workers as we see how interconnected we all are.

Trista Harris