Chenchen Bian

Chenchen was born 200 years old and crotchety. She’s interested in things that affect people and how people affect other people and things, and how we can measure that validly and reliably, because people are really interesting and awesome, and it’s a big broad subject that could go anywhere. She tries not to be vague and constantly has to remind herself that ambiguity doesn’t equal a mysterious air. She feels uncomfortable using third person narration to refer to herself.

She’s a newcomer to this scene of skepticism, having come across it from the perspective of effective public health policy and evidence-based medical practice through university. This is combined with a certain political idealism instilled by a very left-leaning high school, and so, her natural state is intersectional feminism. Currently completing a degree in medicine/surgery gives her the opportunity to learn about all the body parts that have puzzled her and have caused her to peer at herself suspiciously, in particular, the left side the body, which she feels isn’t often a team player. More importantly, it’s a field that combines social justice with individual patient welfare.

If she had one wish it would be to smash structural disadvantage in different social groups with something heavy and spiky, because the issues of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, disability and socioeconomic status (in no order of importance and in combinations thereof) results in very palpable measures of physical, mental and social ill health. It also doesn’t help that sometimes healthcare is applied without demonstrated efficacy. This can be addressed by applying skepticism to current health practice, public policy and especially prevailing societal attitudes and biases, and advocating for change with the use of evidence, and in particular, paying attention and lending precedence to the perspectives of those who are affected most by injustice and inequality today.

In simpler words, sometimes people or things are on other people’s lawns (inadvertently or purposefully) and should really just get off them, quick smart.

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