Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons

Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons holds a master’s degree in public health and is pursuing a PhD in social work. A longtime Louisiana resident and a forever Saints fan, she now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Posts by Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons

The Science & Spirituality of Near-Death Experiences

What really happens in a near-death experience? We asked the experts. What happens when we die? The answer is elusive. And a near-death experience is probably not something you want to run out to experience firsthand (unless you’re a Flatliner). The term “near-death experience” was coined by Dr. Raymond Moody to indicate a harrowing encounter with death. Although more than 40 years have passed since he first used the term in 1975, interest in near-dear        …read more

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Fostering Hope: Rising above Adversity in the Child Welfare System

In honor of National Foster Care Month, get to know a former foster child now studying for her doctorate to help kids in the Child Welfare System. National Foster Care Month was first established by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Since the creation of National Foster Care Month, it has been designated as a time to acknowledge the hard work of the individuals, organizations and communities pulling together to improve the lives of America’s most        …read more

My Favorite Murder

‘My Favorite Murder’ Makes Murder Great Again…Kind Of

How two California girls are bringing sexy [murders] back with their popular comedy podcast ‘My Favorite Murder.’ Plus: 4 tips to not get murdered! What’s your favorite murder? Is that a weird question? Are you freaked out? I can explain. Let’s back up a little bit. Rewind to early 2016, when friends Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark gave us the gift we never knew we needed: a true-crime podcast focused on murder…that’s categorized as a        …read more

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Real-Life Zombie Apocalypse: Are We the Next Walking Dead?

Vaccine hesitancy + climate change + natural disasters = zombie apocalypse? It’s safe to say that all things zombie are now mainstream (any Walking Dead fans here?). What’s not to love about postapocalyptic times where dead people come to life and have no purpose other than to feast on the living? But what do they have to do with vaccine refusals, climate change and natural disasters? I’m glad you asked. Disclaimer: I don’t think there’s        …read more

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Opioid Addiction: Humanizing a Crisis

At the center of the opioid addiction epidemic are real people facing real challenges. And we’re looking for solutions. Serious, chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, represent just a few of the staple diagnoses in developed countries, but few are as stigmatized as addiction. The opioid epidemic is at the forefront of public health issues capturing national attention in the United States, affecting communities from Hollywood to small town USA. Former        …read more

World Suicide Prevention Day Sends Message of Hope

The world observes Suicide Prevention Day each September 10, inspiring us to take a minute, change a life. Conrad Roy III. Chester Bennington. Mallory Grossman. Their names and their stories continue to fill our news feeds. Three people who never met, now inextricably linked with countless others who have died by suicide. Every 13 minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide. That’s 121 people daily and nearly 45,000 people annually. Globally that number increases to        …read more

Has Snapchat Taken Things Too Far with the Snap Map?

With internet-facilitated crimes on the rise, the Snap Map increases the vulnerability of social media users, especially young people. At times it’s hard to remember life without the constant beckoning of the internet, whether by computer or cellphone. Today we’re more “connected” than ever, cultivating personal relationships with the help of Facebook, professional networks with LinkedIn and our social networks with Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook (again) and more. This couldn’t be truer for today’s youth,        …read more

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Louisiana’s History of Sports Redemption in Wake of Tragedies

Following politically-fueled violence, LSU’s CWS battle brought Louisiana and the nation together, recalling the New Orleans Rebirth after Hurricane Katrina and demonstrating the unifying power of sports. On June 14, house majority whip and Louisiana representative Steve Scalise and his fellow GOP members were targeted in a politically-driven attack, with Scalise suffering internal damage from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the hip. Thankfully, it looks as though Rep. Scalise will recover from his injuries. It’s unclear        …read more