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Led by pediatrician and former Acting Surgeon General of California, Dr Devika Bhushan, this newsletter community examines trends in health, culture, and innovation, and shares evidence-based tools for well-being. It also helps break down the stigma associated with mental illness — and centers lived experience, equity, and cross-cultural nuances.
1. Every week, you’ll receive an actionable, bite-sized well-being nudge — based on the latest evidence. And you’ll have the opportunity to try this challenge on alongside our community — sharing our learnings with each other and providing encouragement as we go.
2. Once or twice a month, you’ll receive one of these more in-depth columns — you can check out examples here:
🗣 Deep dive with Dr Devika B. The evidence and actionable insights from high-impact topics in health, innovation, and culture
💫 Spread the light with Dr Devika B. First-person accounts of living with mental illness that dispel stigma and stereotypes and instead, spread hope and light — also a YouTube channel and podcast on Apple; Spotify
Because stigma festers in the dark and scatters in the light
⭐ Reader QnA. A space where I answer health questions from our community, which you can enter here at any time — including anonymously
👀 Worth a look. Recommendations for particularly inspiring articles, books, movies, or shows that’ll make you think differently about health and well-being
🌏 Where in the world? An original photo or video from somewhere in the world — to unite us across borders — and open to your guesses as to where it might be
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More about Dr Devika Bhushan
Devika Bhushan, MD, is a pediatrician, public health leader, and writer on a mission to drive health innovation, equity, and resilience. As California’s Acting Surgeon General and the Office’s inaugural Chief Health Officer, Dr Bhushan was a key public health spokesperson, advisor to the California Governor, and led policy and practice innovation at a statewide level.
Dr Bhushan’s policy, research, and clinical expertise spans trauma-informed systems, stress and resilience, mental health, and gender and health equity. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and her work has been featured in The Lancet, Pediatrics, National Public Radio (NPR), The Los Angeles Times, and Healthy Children. She trained at Harvard Medical School (MD, Cum Laude), Johns Hopkins (pediatrics residency), and Columbia (BA in Neuroscience and Behavior, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).
Dr Bhushan serves on Stanford’s adjunct faculty and as a senior advisor to entities that aim to advance health, innovation, and equity. These include GreyMatter, a venture capital fund dedicated to mental health innovation; the California Council of County Behavioral Health Agencies, advocating for improved behavioral health; and Health Management Associates, focused on health policy and strategy. She serves on the national Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI, the nation’s leading mental health advocacy organization) and the California Partners Project (focused on gender equity and child well-being).
Dr Bhushan is an award-winning mental health activist: she has publicly shared her own journey with bipolar disorder and launched a vibrant storytelling and well-being platform through a newsletter and YouTube channel/podcast.
Having spent her early years between the Philippines, India, and the United States, Dr Bhushan is an immigrant and a first-generation American. She lives in San Francisco with her long-time partner and their son; they are also frequently on the road together.
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“3 weeks later and this op-ed about living with bipolar disorder from [Dr Devika Bhushan] is still filling me with joy and purpose. Some pieces of writing you never forget — they become part of the fuel that moves you through each day. I think this is one of them.” -Ari Bloomekatz, Executive Editor of In These Times
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