I said yes: AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development

I said yes: AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development

I don’t work in academic medicine and I am not in the medical education system. However, I am one of its products, and the people I serve are its beneficiaries. Sometimes with fantastic results, other times, in the case of people who are transgender or gender non-conforming, results that are underwhelming.

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Photo Friday: iMac and Mark I, Harvard University Science Center

Photo Friday: iMac and Mark I, Harvard University Science Center

This week’s photograph is taken in not-the-usual-city as I am currently a student in the Kaiser Permanente Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School (@HarvardHBS @HBSExecED). On a walk off of the Business School campus, we found the Harvard Mark I computer, which now exists as a renovated display as of 2014 in the … Continue reading Photo Friday: iMac and Mark I, Harvard University Science Center

Photo Friday: Snow in Malcolm X Park, Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: Snow in Malcolm X Park, Washington, DC USA

That’s Joan of Arc in the background, the only equestrian statue of a woman in Washington, DC.

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Social Innovator: Louise “Lu” Casa, MSN, CRNP, CTTS on identity, partnership, teamwork

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“Wanna see something funny?” That’s what Louise “Lu” Casa said to me when she was teaching a class at the Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth). It was the photo below, of Lu in training in 1983.

I interviewed Lu for a bunch of reasons….

  • As part of preparation I was doing to speak with the Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership (@LMPTalk) all hands meeting in December. That presentation was made, and made much better with Lu’s help.
  • To assist my #HHSIgnite team, “HRSA Huddles,” a project of the HHS Idea Lab (@HHSIdeaLab) seeking to improve communication and teamwork in our U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (@HHSGov)
  • To learn about leadership and trailblazing in a profession and environment that sometimes doesn’t know that the world is changing around it – She told me she was an out lesbian throughout her clinical training, which is pretty impressive for its time, so I asked to learn more.

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Quantified Community: Using population sensors instead of wearables to track health

Quantified Community: Using population sensors instead of wearables to track health

A sensor is born. This isn’t one you wear on your body, your sidewalk/trail wears it.

Ours was installed in early January and it’s been feeding us data ever since, 24/7, about the movement of pedestrians up and down 2nd Street NE, in downtown Washington, DC.

It measures demonstrators walking home from the United States Supreme Court…. Continue reading→

Just Read: Extrinsic rewards aren’t always motivation reducers

Just Read: Extrinsic rewards aren't always motivation reducers

This paper, out of the Center for Effective Organizations at USC, pokes holes in the oft-repeated refrain of behavior change masters, that rewarding people for tasks is ultimately ineffective because it reduces their intrinsic motivation – the “feeling of accomplishment, mastery and/or self-fullfillment.” This has most significantly been popularized by Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) in his … Continue reading Just Read: Extrinsic rewards aren’t always motivation reducers

Photo Friday: 14th Street, Then and Now 2010-2014, Washington, DC

Photo Friday: 14th Street, Then and Now 2010-2014, Washington, DC

I’ve been in Washington, DC long enough that I can produce my own then and now photographs.

This one is from the corner of 14th Street, Northwest, and T Street Northwest, essentially the epicenter of the riots that destroyed Washington, DC after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. With the exception of a few areas, much of 14th Street remained a place without much hope for almost 40 years. Continue reading→