In this report, we (Health team researchers at the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University and collaborators) discuss some of our research on health behavior. We show the power of behavioral science in helping individuals at every stage of their healthcare journey. Taking care of our health does not just mean going to the doctor when we are ill or taking our medication. It also means doing the things that will prevent us from getting ill and taking care of our health finances. In other words, health is about curative care, prevention and finance, which together forms a comprehensive approach to health behavior. We think of health as a tree, where the roots symbolize stable finances, the trunk stands for adequate prevention, and the branches and leaves, which grow back when they fall off, symbolize curative care.
Brian Tyson is a Captain and Paramedic in Barnstable, MA. He is an alumnus of the University of New Hampshire where he earned a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in Kinesiology and Justice Studies as well as a master’s degree in justice studies. Interning with the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office as an undergraduate, introduced him to youth firesetting, and he returned to complete a graduate project pertaining to youth firesetting. He started a full time firefighting career in 2008 at the Barnstable Fire Department where he has held several positions and leads the department’s Community Risk Reduction and Public Education Programs. Tyson is a CPSE credentialed fire officer and holds degrees from Columbia Southern University in Associate of Applied Science-Fire Science, Bachelor of Science-Fire Administration, and Associate of Applied Science-Emergency Medical Services.