Just Read: Health Effects of the London Bicycle Sharing System (but does it improve health…)

Just Read: Health Effects of the London Bicycle Sharing System (but does it improve health...)

Bikesharing is a great example of technology used in social innovation. It doesn’t require each individual to be technically inclined, but uses technology to make something basic available to a population, hopefully in a health promoting way.

This is a health impact modelling study, which uses computerized models + assumptions + data to understand the London bicycling sharing (they call it “cycle hire”) system’s impact on disability adjusted life years (DALYs). In my opinion this is a good measure and very “UK” – much more societally focused than what we typically examine in the United States. Continue reading→

Photo Friday: The Brand New #CTHNext Capital Bikeshare Station - Out-of-Box Experience

Photo Friday: The Brand New #CTHNext Capital Bikeshare Station – Out-of-Box Experience

This week’s photograph was actually taken June 18, 2015. A few things intervened in between then, like landmark Supreme Court rulings, hence the delay.

The photo is of the installation, testing, and docking of the first bicycles in one of the newest Capital Bikeshare Stations (@Bikeshare) in Washington, station number 353, we informally call it the #CTHNext station, since it’s installed in front of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth).
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Millennials: Not environmentalists and support environmental protection, for health. Me too.

Millennials: Not environmentalists and support environmental protection, for health. Me too.

At the KPCodeYourHealth Code-a-Thon, part of Millennial Week DC (@MillennialWeek), and in prepararing to represent Kaiser Permanente at the National Dialogue on Climate Change and Health at the White House, I did a little research on this generation and the environment. I asked a group of Millennial colleagues: “Does the term ‘environmentalist’ describe you?” Here … Continue reading Millennials: Not environmentalists and support environmental protection, for health. Me too.

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: The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown

Just Read: The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown

I don’t know where I came across this book by Paul Taylor (@paultaylordc) from the Pew Research Center (@PewResearch) but I did, and it combines a lot of interests of mine (and a lot of other people). Specific to me, an ongoing following of the Pew Internet (@PewInternet)’s former researcher and brilliant community colleague in DC, Susannah Fox (@SusannahFox), and a lot of work I’ve done in diversity and inclusion as well as technology, that has caused me to read a lot of the reports cited in the book. So it’s in one package here, which is great.

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Changing Climate (chart), Washington, DC USA 1871-2014

Changing Climate (chart), Washington, DC USA 1871-2014

2014’s average temperature in Washington is below predicted trend, compared to the western United States (see my hometown, Phoenix, Arizona’s Haywood plot). Still, there is a noticeable increase in temperature, with predicted impacts on health in our nation’s capital. Continue reading→

New Maps of DC health data – Not yet one culture of health

New Maps of DC health data - Not yet one culture of health

Catching up on social innovation I haven’t yet posted about… I have complained previously about the fact that data purporting to show Washington, DC’s health status as a county is usually wrong (see: Do national numbers inaccurately represent Washington, DC’s obesity condition? | Ted Eytan, MD – Answer: YES) because DC has 8 wards within … Continue reading New Maps of DC health data – Not yet one culture of health