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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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.

Here’s what I learned…. Continue reading→

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→

Dog Parks & Coffee Shops + Leadership Networks

Dog Parks & Coffee Shops + Leadership Networks

This week I got to go see a screening of DogParks & CoffeeShops: Diversity Seeking in Changing Neighborhoods on the invitation of Professor Sonya Grier, on the campus of American University, at the Metro Policy Center (@MPC_AU) which addressed a ton of interests of mine all in one. Continue reading→

#KPLantern is coming to Portland, Oregon, transgender person/community connections requested

#KPLantern is coming to Portland, Oregon, transgender person/community connections requested

#KPLantern is continuing, and it’s going really well, with field work in California completing now.

The team is coming to Portland, Oregon next and is looking for connections to the community, to continue field work. This includes interviewing individuals, shadowing them in life activities, attending groups and cultural events. Continue reading→

Design Thinking with HRSA Huddles and HHS IDEA Lab

Design Thinking with HRSA Huddles and HHS IDEA Lab

Yesterday I went to the actual HHS IDEA Lab (@HHSIdeaLab) – it is a place :) ), for our monthly check-in with the team I am on, called HRSA Huddles for now (HHS Ignite – Being part of the 2015 HRSA Huddles team exploring collaborative work | Ted Eytan, MD).

Prior to the check in, though, we spent quality time at the Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth) expanding our thinking, creatively, with our mentor Tyson Weinert, who is the US Coast Guard’s most awesome Innovation Program Manager, he was awesome with us for sure. Continue reading→

Designing our environment for population health

Designing our environment for population health

I told co-host Whitney Gray, PhD, LEED-AP, from Cannon Design (@CannonDesign) that when a doctor walks a community, they observe the people walking around. She told me when real estate developers do, they repaint the skyline in their minds. What a cool job (in a greener grass kind of way). Continue reading→