Everybody celebrates Valentine's Day a little differently, but for health policy wonks, one tradition that's been going strong for eight years now are #HealthPolicyValentines.
The tradition started in 2012 when former HHS staffer Emma Sandoe found herself inspired to "tweet one 'health policy valentine' every day until Valentine's Day." It wasn't long before other health care wonks joined in, filling Twitter with rhymes and poems on everything related to health care.
#HealthPolicyValentines has since become a tradition, with wonks tweeting them out every February. Here are our 10 favorites from this year's batch.
1) Arielle Levin Becker, communications director at CT Health Foundation, weighing in on one of health care's biggest grammatical debates.
— Arielle Levin Becker (@ariellelb) February 11, 2020
2) Mary Politi, a professor and health psychologist at Washington University School of Medicine, commenting on two prominent public health issues.
— Mary Politi (@mcpoliti) February 11, 2020
3) Wengora Thompson, a maternal and child health advocate, raising awareness about maternal health.
— Wengora Thompson (@wte1024) February 12, 2020
4) Deborah Roseman, a principal project specialist at America's Essential Hospitals, highlighting the importance of social determinants of health.
— Deborah Roseman (@roseperson) February 12, 2020
5) New York Times reporter Sarah Kliff highlighting the ongoing health care pricing debate
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) February 12, 2020
6) Jay Hancock, senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, weighing in on the surprise medical bill debate.
— Jay Hancock (@jayhancock1) February 12, 2020
7) Matthew Lawrence, an assistant professor of law at Penn State's Dickinson Law, offers a brainteaser for Medicaid policy wonks.
— Matt Lawrence (@mjblawrence) February 13, 2020
8) Christina Johns, a pediatric emergency physician in Maryland, weighing in on the value of credible research.
— Dr. Christina Johns (@DrCJohns) February 12, 2020
9) Sheila Vakharia, deputy director of DPA Department of Research and Academic Engagement, on the value of writing with clarity when talking about health care.
— Sheila Vakharia PhD MSW (@MyHarmReduction) February 13, 2020
10) The Association for Community Affiliated Plans paying homage to #HealthPolicyValentines founder Emma Sandoe
— ACAP (@safetynetplans) February 13, 2020