Spotlight On: Isaiah Chisholm

Isaiah Chisholm

Name: Isaiah Chisholm

Pronouns: He/They

Department: SHARPP

Role at UNH: Advocate

Year Started at UNH: 2018

What do you do to make a healthy UNH?

I try to stay home when I’m sick – my hope is that we can use this collective experience to recognize that it benefits EVERYONE for sick community members to stay at home when they’re ill, and workplaces should enable that as a standard practice.

Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?

I believe that people should eat what they want and when they want to, and that the greatest enemies of healthful eating are diet culture, food deserts, and financial inequality.

Do you have any positive words of encouragement for members of our audience who are feeling completely drained and burnt out from this pandemic?

I’m right there with you!

What do you do to improve your emotional wellness?

Sometimes it’s amazing what going for a walk can do – and sometimes, I just have to sit there with whatever it is I’m struggling with.

What does health mean to you?

“Health” means the ability to meaningfully engage in my areas of interest, be that physical, mental, or emotional.

Over the last year, have you felt more comfortable advocating for yourself when receiving healthcare?

In some ways, yes – I asked for a second opinion when a treatment plan didn’t make sense to me and ultimately found a different provider. However, it’s important to highlight the ways that even self-advocacy in healthcare is stratified. Who’s able to pay for another visit to get that second opinion? Who can take that additional time off from work? The answer should be “everyone” but unfortunately that’s not where we are yet.