How to Build Health into Design – a day with Green Health Partnership

How to Build Health into Design - a day with Green Health Partnership

Yesterday a bunch of friends (at this point) got together to explore solutions to bring health into the design of the built environment. You know, where we spend 90% of our lives.

The part about us being a bunch of friends – architects, public health experts, doctors, planners is both a good thing and a thing worth noting.
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The Walking Gallery at 5 years

The Walking Gallery at 5 years

It’s been exactly 5 years since Regina Holliday (@ReginaHolliday) conceived the first one, and a most important milestone passed (for me) : Regina actually painting inside the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth).

Organizations and cultures change. So do people – the statement (among many) that most impressed me in 2016 was when Regina told me that her painting has gotten much better since 2011. I was wondering how that could be, but on reflection, so has my photography. People get better with time, too. Continue reading→

The country we want to be: Photos from vigils in Washington, DC USA

The country we want to be: Photos from vigils in Washington, DC USA

Thank you to the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) and the nation’s capital for its authenticity and support for the future.

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Notes from the nation’s capital, where love won

Notes from the nation's capital, where love won

In my intersectionality as a family physician, a patient (we are all patients), member of and advocate for the LGBTQ community, ally, Washington, DC resident (all of these in no particular order), a few points from Washington, DC.

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Definitely Heroes: Photos from 2016 Capital Pride DC Gala

Definitely Heroes: Photos from 2016 Capital Pride DC Gala

LGBTQ Pride has begun in the nation’s (United States) capital, and it kicked off with a wonderful evening for me, a person who has watched so many, as newly minted Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning (@SecArmy) said, “paved the way.”
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Infused with the sights and sounds of the beach: the new Kaiser Permanente Santa Monica Medical Office

Infused with the sights and sounds of the beach: the new Kaiser Permanente Santa Monica Medical Office

Where Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley, which I visited later in the week, demonstrates congruence with total health in its exterior, Santa Monica does that for the interior.

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My 4th Capital TransPride, Washington, DC USA

My 4th Capital TransPride, Washington, DC USA

This past weekend was my 4th (!) Capital TransPride, the second one held where the future was born in Washington, DC, at 14th and U Streets, Northwest (there’s a short history of this intersection in last year’s blog post: My 3rd Capital TransPride, Washington, DC USA).

As predicted, the room became more full, with more doctors, nurses, therapists, health leaders, and future leaders in general. Even more photographers – as you can tell, mine was not the only camera in the room, nor was it the best one 🙂 .
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