Thanks for publishing my photo | U.S. Cities Want To Totally End Traffic Deaths–But There Have Been A Few Speed Bumps | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

Thanks for publishing my photo | U.S. Cities Want To Totally End Traffic Deaths--But There Have Been A Few Speed Bumps | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

I got to meet Leah Shahum (@VisionZeroNet) from Vision Zero Network in January, 2016, This Week in Total Health: Innovation and Transportation Rule the Week | Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, where I learned about Vision Zero first hand. Continue reading→

A transgender force (& A Great Leader) – The Washington Post on Ruby Corado

A transgender force (& A Great Leader) - The Washington Post on Ruby Corado

I met Ruby when Casa Ruby (@CasaRubyDC) was just starting, and I remember that day in 2013 very well. Of course there’s a blog post of it: Washington, DC 2013 Sheroes of the Movement, Leadership.

I had no idea what a delicate situation Ruby was in when during this time. She presented a compelling vision for the future even then, which is what a leader does. Continue reading→

You can look at the comments. My experiment in ending transphobia. What you don’t permit, you don’t promote

You can look at the comments. My experiment in ending transphobia. What you don't permit, you don't promote

In social media spaces, the challenge of any platform that you don’t control (Facebook) is that there are things out of your control. Given that situation, I carefully judge where and when I engage in what I call health activism.

Knowing this, I still didn’t expect it, but…it happened.

Ever so subtly and then more apparently, transphobic comments began appearing on the post. Continue reading→

Photo Friday: No Longer Obsolete, Logan Circle, Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: No Longer Obsolete, Logan Circle, Washington, DC USA

As the title of the post says, this neighborhood and the ones surrounding it were deemed “obsolete” by the then The National Capital Park and Planning Commission in 1950, with the recommendation that they be completely be re-faced. (Was your neighborhood “obsolete” in 1950? – Greater Greater Washington). These neighborhoods were supposed to be destroyed by a grand highway (they weren’t). They were supposed to be skipped over for Metro access (they weren’t due to community activism). They were supposed to be neglected by city administrators who lived in places very far away, with different ideas about diversity and inclusion (they were). Continue reading→

Remembering Jess Jacobs

Remembering Jess Jacobs

I had a flashback while starting this post, to the first day of my third year of medical school – the first day (in those days) that medical students spend time in the hospital helping to care for patients. My first rotation was trauma surgery – yes, trauma surgery – and at evening sign out, the medical resident in charge of our education and safety taught us the acronym “NMP.” It stood for “not my problem,” uttered after a beeper page was responded to about a patient that was not under our care. That moment conveyed important messages to me – that this was going to brutal, and she was going to shield us, which she did. I would only later ask the question, “from what?” Continue reading→

Bringing Science and Design together for a Healthier World: WELL Building Standard Preliminary Audit

Bringing Science and Design together for a Healthier World: WELL Building Standard Preliminary Audit

Yesterday we completed our preliminary audit on the way to full WELL (@WELLCertified) certification (see: Just Read: The WELL Building Standard – promoting health for the people inside ) at the Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth).

The audit includes testing of air, sound, light, and water, performed by an objective third party, in this case Delos (@DelosLiving). As most things I have encountered as a physician in the total health space, I learned that there is much more in our environments that can be measured and managed that we are taught about in medical school. Continue reading→

Photos of Preliminary Audit: WELL Building Standard

Photos of Preliminary Audit: WELL Building Standard

The team from Delos (@DelosLiving) came in the evening before our preliminary audit day to do sound and light testing in our space, as part of a lead up to WELL Certification (@WELLCertified). Continue reading→