Michael Fine, MD, is a writer, community organizer, and family physician. He is the chief health strategist for the City of Central Falls, RI, and a former Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, 2011–2015. He is currently the Board Vice Chair and Co-Founder of the Scituate Health Alliance. He is the recipient of the Barbara Starfield Award, the John Cunningham Award, and the June Rockwell Levy Public Service Award.
On Medicine as Colonialism is a reframing of the health care debate in the US. It is a strident meticulously researched expose that shows how corporate America uses Medicare and Medicaid to extract resources from communities, as it rethinks the process of colonialism in a globalized world It has been called “ a sobering diatribe on health care in America,“ driven by “outrage at what has been wrought” – but also provides “a realistic perspective on achieving health equity.”
"The Nature of Health" presents a coherent, affordable and logical way to build a healthcare system. It argues against a health system fixated on the pursuit of longevity and suggests an alternative where the ability of an individual to function in worthwhile relationships is a better, more human goal. By reviewing the etymology, sociology and anthropology of health, this controversial guide examines the meaning of health, and proves how a community-centered healthcare system improves local economy, creates social capital and is affordable, rational, personal, and just.
What does Healthcare have to do with Democracy?
Why hasn't our country embraced Universal Healthcare?
How do we return our Healthcare System to one focused on patients not profits?
What can public officials do to make a difference?
Join Dr. Michael Fine as he answers these questions and more while using his book, Health Care Revolt as the basis for discussion.
“Dr. Fine is a major writer.”
—Robert Whitcomb, president, The Boston Guardian, columnist for GoLocal24.com and former financial editor of the International Herald Tribune.
"Michael Fine’s world is not fair but it is full. His characters are not beautiful but they have dignity. ...To read about them is to read about us."
—Christopher F. Koller, President of the Millbank Memorial Fund
"The Bull and other stories, Rhythmic with a jazz cadence, poignant, timely and timeless, vivid detail but above all Michael Fine is a storyteller and a damn good one at that."
—Bert Crenca, Founder of AS220
“Michael Fine’s short stories rivet our readers in his monthly Sunday morning columns. We can imagine them sitting there with their morning coffee pondering the obvious and the not so obvious life dramas that Michael writes that capture you from the beginning, to the very end.”
—Nancy Thomas, President of Tapestry Communications
"Michael Fine... is a master. From first sentence to last, this collection is a rare delight."
— G. Wayne Miller, Staff Writer at The Providence Journal