December 22, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

New Year’s resolutions often involve health goals. I know mine do. Whether I follow through on the resolution is another story.

With health on our minds, our January/February issue focuses on the theme with several health-related articles and a guide to the best local nurses and doctors.

One article in the issue explores the breakthrough stroke technology that Dr. Vishal Jani has advanced with CHI Health’s Neurological Institute at Immanuel Medical Center; however, most of the latest edition’s health stories take a less medically focused approach.

Our profile of musician Ed Archibald tells the story of how the saxophonist grew up in Omaha’s vibrant jazz scene, only to get bogged down with the daily grind of his 9-to-5 before a work-related injury precipitated his experimentation with digital recording and a return to his jazz roots.

Our profile of “Dr. Donna” Polk, the chief executive officer of the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition, tells her personal story. Polk is a cancer survivor. But the focus of the story pays attention to the nonprofit’s work with behavioral health, youth, and families of Native American people living in the Omaha metro. Polk is  trying to raise $7 million to make possible the coalition’s new facility in South Omaha.

Omaha’s Nurse of the Year Awards recognize the metro’s best nurses in several categories (including student nurses, specialty fields, Nurse of the Year nominees, and the individual “Nurse of the Year” winner). In addition to the region’s best nurses, the magazine also features Omaha’s “Best Doctors,” excerpted from a nationally produced list of the nation’s best doctors. These special listings have both appeared in Omaha Magazine over the years. But this year is the first time we have included both sections together in the same issue.

This issue is also the first time that OmahaHome will be printed separately from Omaha Magazine’s full city edition (rather than an overrun edition); however, subscribers and those who buy on newsstands will still find Omaha Magazine and OmahaHome bagged together. Likewise, in the spirit of the new year, this is the first issue we have tried consolidating our augmented reality capabilities into the table of contents page (rather than featuring scannable pages throughout the magazine). Scan the table of contents page with the LayAR application on a smartphone or tablet to enjoy digital bonus content that complements select articles.

We have a long-form article about elder abuse, which is focused on financial abuse. Of course, financial health is a form of health.

Meanwhile the entire 60PLUS section has turned into a 24-page fashion package that explores the styles and biographical details of local community influencers (age 60 and older) who are looking good and feeling great in the “prime time” of their lives.

Doug Meigs is the executive editor of Omaha Publications.

This letter was printed in the January/February 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine.